NORTH End: Stop sign, IA 37 and M16, Earling, Shelby County

Facing north on 191

Photo by Neil Bratney

Neil says that 191 "enters the west side of Earling from the southwest. The terminus is at the very southwest corner of the city. Highway 191 turns sharply to the due north, just feet before its terminus."

Sign and LGS at extreme left of top picture

Photos by Neil Bratney

Facing west on 37

Photo by Neil Bratney

The "Jct M16" isn't exactly true because M16 is sharing the road with 37 at this point.

Facing west on 37

Facing west on 37

Photo by Neil Bratney

In the years after these pictures were taken, I came to believe this may be the first inclusion of smaller arrows at an older intersection. Notice the wide font on the 191 shield.

Facing north on M16

Photo by Neil Bratney

(The brown signs in the above two pictures are for the same destination.)

Facing east on 37

Facing east on 37

SOUTH End: I-680 exit 28 and G8L/Old IA 191, Pottawattamie County

These pictures were taken three weeks before 191 was truncated to this interchange unless noted. This diagonal portion of 191 used to be part of IA 64 until the Great Renumbering.

Facing southwest, but heading south, on 191

This interchange was interesting before decommissioning because it made you think you were meeting two interstates at once. Technically, 191 only meets 680. However, the 80/680 interchange is just to the east. These two assemblies are beside the Tri-County School District building. Tri-County is nominally of Neola but the school is three miles outside of town, much like Wapsie Valley of Fairbank. The Harrison County line is a stone's throw away from these signs.

Facing southwest, but heading south, on 191 (June 2003 / August 2003)

Actually, if you take the ramp you will be on 680 and have a chance to decide to go east or west on 80.

Facing southwest, but heading south, on 191 (June 2005)

The "East 80" is the same in all three pictures.

Closeup of signage (June 2005)

Facing northeast, but heading north, on 191

Facing northeast, but heading north, on 191

Notice the "Junction 80 1/2 mile" BGS for 680 at far left.

Facing east on 680

In the second-biggest sign typo in recent history, this exit points to County Road GL8 instead of G8L.

I-80/I-680 westbound

The following pictures are in order as you go west:

Facing west on 80 before the 680 interchange

Facing west on 80

The interchange with 191 is prominent in the background.

Facing west on 680 (June 2003 / June 2005) (side-by-side if browser window is wide enough)

This is one of the few interchanges that bothered to have county shields put up when state highways were changed.

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

Facing south on 191

The city-made city limits sign was not posted in early 2002.

Facing north on 191

Photo by Neil Bratney

This is the first sign heading north on 191, also marked as an "Emergency Detour" for I-80. (As to what emergency, I really don't know.) County roads are still allowed to be emergency detours.

Old SOUTH End (January 1, 1969-1981): Stoplight, US 6/E. Kanesville Blvd., Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie County

Facing southwest, but heading south, on 191

Facing east on 6

The LGS has seen better days, probably unreplaced since this was no longer an intersection (yet the one facing south seems relatively new).

Facing east on 6

Photo by Neil Bratney

This intersection is a mile south of 191's present end - the portion inside the city was turned over in 1981 - and a mile east of 6's first interchange with I-80 in Iowa. This sign assembly was not up in 2003 (see above).

Facing west on 6

Facing west on 6

The street sign on the light says "Hwy 191 ->" but the sign assembly now says "Jct G8L ->".

Pictures by Neil Bratney: First-fourth, sixth, seventh, and 27th, 1/15/02

Pictures by me: Fifth, eighth, and ninth, 5/7/06; tenth-twelfth, 16th, 17th, 19th, 20th, 21st, 23rd-26th, 28th, and 29th, 6/9/03; 13th, 8/11/03; 14th, 15th, and 22nd, 6/12/05; 18th, 7/29/07

Page created 3/31/02; last updated 11/12/07

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