(June 4, 1935-July 1, 2003)

NORTH End: City limits of Atkins, Benton County

Facing west, but heading north, on 279

Like other Benton County spurs, 279 was longer before 1980, when the road went an additional 7/10 mile into downtown.

Facing east, but heading south, on 279 (the road curves; the second car is turning west)

Photo by Jason Hancock

Facing south on 270

Compare the font here to IA 201's LGS.

SOUTH End: Stop sign, US 30/218, Benton County

Facing south on 279

Photo by Jason Hancock

Compare this May 25 photo to the late 2001 photo below.

Approximately (if not exactly) at the same place

Photo by Jason Hancock

Old photo: A "Stop Ahead" sign has been placed, presumably on the same pole, and a "Jct 30/218" appears to have been added between here and the LGS.

Facing south on 279

Photos by Jason Hancock

LGS reads <- Cedar Rapids 10; Vinton 23 ->; Tama 38 ->

Facing east on 30/218

Photo by Jason Hancock

Facing east on 30/218

Barely visible at lower left is "mile marker" 242.70; the DOT signs tenths of a mile on the side of four-lane roads. However, they are not always correct, especially on roads like US 30. In fact, eight miles west of here, the mile markers go from a freeway-style large 234 near the 218 intersection to a small 231 west of that point. Add that to the 0.2-mile Mile 149 in Ames and numbers are at least three miles off here.

Facing west on 30/218

Facing west on 30/218

Facing north

Like IA 252, there is a memorial at the intersection of 279 and 30/218. The inscription across the top reads "In Honor of the Veterans of Benton County". At right you can see the three square shields on the pole, the 30/218 and double arrow on the picture's left and "End 279" on the right.

Facing east on 30/218

On Thanksgiving Day, I caught a sign replacement project that had almost finished: All the signs and shields on eastbound 30/218 along the four-lane west of Cedar Rapids were being replaced with larger versions. (Westbound replacement came later.) Here, a Clearview LGS erected post-decommissioning was being replaced with a new-FHWA-style "medium green sign" (for lack of a better term).

Last seen: 2003

Pictures by Jason Hancock: Second, fourth, sixth, and seventh: 5/25/02; fifth, 12/2/01

Pictures by me: First, third, eleventh-thirteenth, 5/20/03; eighth, 8/8/09; tenth and 14th, 5/25/02 (No, we did not see each other!); fifteenth, 11/24/16

Page created 2/23/02; last updated 3/6/17

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