WEST End: T intersection, IA 175, Monona County

Facing northwest, but heading west, on 37 (5/7/06)

Facing northwest, but heading west, on 37 (10/1/15)

The one quibble I have with the new byway signs is that "Loop" designations can be easy to miss traveling at highway speeds. If the loop ribbon had a different color, maybe the green or bluish-green that's on the "Iowa Byways" header, that would help a lot.

Facing northwest, but heading west, on 37 (5/7/06)

IA 37, which has been around since the creation of the Iowa highway system, started out as a Dunlap-to-Onawa route, and remained co-signed to Onawa until the late 1960s. That through routing is reflected in this intersection.

Facing northwest, but heading west, on 37 (5/7/06)

Facing southeast, but heading east, on 175 (5/7/06)

IA 175 closely follows the Maple River from Ida Grove to this intersection, near where the Maple flows into the Little Sioux.

Facing southeast, but heading east, on 175 (5/7/06)

Facing southwest, but heading west, on 175 (2/23/02)

Photo by Neil Bratney

The Loess Hills Scenic Byway sign should have a right arrow to signify its continuance with 175 - this was fixed when new Scenic Byway signs were erected:

Facing southwest, but heading west, on 175 (10/1/15)

Facing southwest, but heading west, on 175 (5/7/06)

Facing southwest, but heading west, on 175 (5/7/06)

EAST End: Stop sign, US 59 and F24, Shelby County

Facing east on 37 (5/7/06)

Facing east on 37 (5/7/06)

Facing south on 59 (5/7/06)

Facing south on 59 (5/7/06)

There's no particular reason for there to be four towns on this sign, as convention would omit Dunlap, but this appears to be a relatively new sign. It could be because 37 just skirts Earling, or have something to do with when IA 191 came to this intersection.

Facing north on 59 (5/7/06)

Facing north on 59 (5/7/06)

Facing north on 59 (5/7/06)

Not only are the signs in reverse order than usual and spread apart more than usual, they are also old and peeling.

Facing west on F24 (5/7/06)

This is a DOT-standard shield from when this road was part of IA 37. The east end of 37 was a mile to the east before the realignment of US 59 in 1971. When that happened, 37 was extended eastward to absorb IA 268 into Irwin, although 268 easily could have been extended westward to have a common end with 37 at 59 instead. The segment east of present 59 was turned over in 1980, meaning this sign was over a quarter-century old at the time.

Facing west on F24 (5/7/06)

Unlike many county road intersections, the state road ahead is signed, although this is probably related to the fact that this used to be 37.

Page created 3/22/02; last updated 12/18/16

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