(June 4, 1935-July 1, 2003)

WEST End: Iowa, Chicago and Eastern Railroad tracks, Letts, Louisa County

Facing north, but heading west, on 305 (January 2002)

Photo by Jason Hancock

The railroad tracks are less than half a mile from the Louisa/Muscatine line. This is northwest of downtown; 305 made two turns to get here after coming into Letts from the south. While Louisa County did sign the north-south portion as X43, it did not make the east-west mile and three-quarters a separate county road as it should have (G42), but rather decided to call it County Road 305. While such a change might make sense for a long route like IA 99, it seems rather silly to do it for a tiny route with only four houses along the affected portion (and you have to make new shields anyway).

EAST End: Stop sign/T intersection, US 61/IA 92, Louisa County

Facing east on 305 (January 2002)

Photo by Jason Hancock

Jason said there were no signs along the decommissioned Louisa County routes in early November 2003, and there still weren't any in October 2006. There weren't any in June 2015 either, and it's possible things will stay that way: Plans for the interchange here when US 61 is upgraded to four lanes say "170th Street" and not a county road name.

Rural sign at intersection

Facing east on 305 (10/13/06 and 6/8/15)

Facing south on 61, but heading west on 92 (10/13/06)

Facing north on 61, but heading east on 92

Facing north on 61, but heading east on 92

Last seen: 2003

Page created 5/16/02; last updated 4/12/16

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