NORTH End: Stop sign, IA 141/1st St., Ute, Monona County

Facing north on 183 (2002)

Photo by Neil Bratney

Additional perspectives

Facing east on 141 (2002)

Photo by Neil Bratney

A few blocks behind this picture, 141 switches from a north-south direction to an east-west direction. This is the sign directly perpendicular to the viewer in the top picture between the green street sign and the "End 183" sign. But that changed later in the decade:

Facing east on 141

Facing west on 141

SOUTH End: Stop sign/T intersection, IA 127, Harrison County

Pictures were taken one month before 183 was truncated to IA 127, and then the site was revisited three years later.

Facing south on 183 (pre-truncation)

In the 1930s, 183 ended here while US 75 was the cross road, and ends here again in the 2000s. This pole was later removed.

Facing south on 183

Facing south on 183

Facing south on 183 (pre-truncation)

Notice that 183 was picked up on the duplex in the rural street system. This had to be changed later.

Facing east on 127

The mile marker is not accurate because there is a Mile 1A near Mondamin.

Facing east on 127

Facing east on 127

Facing west on 127

Prior to truncation, this sign could have been "West 127 ^; North 183 <ahead and right>".

Facing west on 127

Facing west on 127

Compare the plain ahead to the edge of the Loess Hills as seen in the eastbound picture and the one below.

Facing north on 183

The only other place I've seen "Begin" signs are at the IA 117/330 junction and the south end of old 945. This picture gives another view of the hills; 183 will follow along their west side for a bit and then go through them.

Surrounding area information: South junction IA 127

Facing north on 183 (pre-truncation)

A mile and a half to the southeast, 127 turns away to begin its original route. At this point, the pavement for 183 narrows all the way down to Missouri Valley, which isn't the best situation for Harrison County with upkeep.

Facing west on 127

This triangle is a remainder of US 75's old routing, as it ran north-south in this view. Old 75/old 183/present-day L20 follows the west side of the Loess Hills down to about Honey Creek.

Surrounding area information: East junction US 30 (Missouri Valley)

Northbound 183 signs / Westbound 30 signs

On June 29, 2003, the Sunday before official truncation of 183 south of 127, all the 183 shields were gone on the route itself but the shields on 30 were still up. This intersection was the north end of US 30A from 1931 (as US 30S) to 1970.

Old SOUTH End (1981-July 1, 2003): City limits of Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie County

Facing south on 183 (January 2002)

Photo by Neil Bratney

Highway 183 is the old route of the Lincoln Highway (and first US 30) between Missouri Valley and Council Bluffs. After 30 was rerouted straight west of Missouri Valley, this route became US 30S (1931-34) and then US 30A (1934-70). As of now it is County Road L20, a far fall for the first transcontinental highway. Highway 30A lived long enough to appear on BGSs; there is a picture on the back of the 1999(-2000) map showing it.

Facing south on 183 (June 2003)

Compare the gas prices in the two pictures. Prices doubled in the four years since this one was taken...and then retreated to near that level in the next year and a half.

Facing north on 183

Photo by Neil Bratney

Old SOUTH End (1970-81): Stoplight, US 6/Broadway/Kanesville Blvd., Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie County

Facing south on 183

Facing west on 6

Facing east on 6

Photo by Neil Bratney

At this intersection, US 6 changes from East Broadway to Kanesville Boulevard. Interestingly, 183 becomes North Broadway (a reminder of 30's route). The part of 183 inside the city limits was turned over to the city in 1981.

Pictures by Neil Bratney: First and fourth, 2/23/02; 23rd, 25th, and 28th, 1/15/02

Pictures by me: Second, third, and fifth-eighth, 8/31/08; ninth, twelfth, 20th, and 22nd (combo), 6/1/03; 24th, 26th, and 27th, 6/9/03; tenth, eleventh, 13th-19th, and 21st, 5/7/06

Page created 3/28/02; last updated 12/29/08

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