(January 20, 1931-July 1, 2003)

WEST End: I-29 exit 20 or L31, Fremont County

Facing west on 145

Photo by Neil Bratney

In the four hundred feet west (ahead) of the spot this picture was taken, 145 end(ed), L31 intersects, and the road goes (went) from state highway to dirt. The yellow sign in the far background is one of those "Class B Minimum Maintenance Road - Enter At Your Own Risk" signs.

L31 is an interesting county road. Between IA 2 and the Pottawattamie/Mills line, it weaves in and out with I-29 (heading north), crossing it:

Facing east

Photo by Neil Bratney

Something to ponder: Who is this sign for? The only way to get here is by coming from the dirt road or L31, which crosses just behind you. How many L31 travelers head to Kansas City? (Well, there are those who live along the road, of course...) The first 145 sign is across from the "End" sign in the top picture.

Facing east on 145, the sign in the above picture

Photo by Neil Bratney

Usually, the bottom sign ("Interchange No.") is with the "Jct" sign, but there wasn't room for one between L31 and the intersection. Neil says, however, that this is not an exception: it's actually the norm for all five interchanges in Fremont County.

Facing east, 2009 equivalents of Neil's photos

Facing south on 29

Photo by Neil Bratney

This BGS is the only one in Iowa that lists a town that's not on the Iowa map! Other BGSs list unincorporated places (Honey Creek and Plain View, for example), but McPaul isn't even on the map. Also note the centered exit tab and the lack of an "East" tag. The latter, it would appear, is the norm for I-29. Those wacky western Iowans. ;-)

Facing south on 29, post-decommissioning

The exit tabs, centered as they usually are in southwest Iowa, look older than the BGSs themselves and also don't look like "20" was the original number placed on them - or on the northbound signs, below.

Facing north on 29, post-decommissioning

EAST End: Stop sign/T intersection, US 275, Fremont County

Facing east on 145, leaving Thurman

Facing east on 145

Photo by Neil Bratney

Facing east on 145 (2002)

Photos by Neil Bratney

Facing east on 145 (2009)

LGS in above pictures

Facing south on 275 / Closeup / Southbound LGS

Left photo by Neil Bratney

The first sign heading west can be seen in the left picture.

Facing north on 275

Facing north on 275

Last seen: 2003

Pictures by Neil Bratney: First-third, sixth, 13th-15th, and 18th, 4/20/02

Pictures by me: Fourth, fifth, twelfth, 16th, 17th, and 20th, 4/15/09; seventh and eighth, 6/12/06; ninth-eleventh, 4/6/08; 19th, 21st, and 22nd, 6/16/03

Page created 5/22/02; last updated 7/30/09

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