NORTH End: Stop sign/T intersection, IA 3, Delaware County

Facing north on 38 (1/26/02)

Photo by Jason Hancock

That "End" sign vanished in the next six and a half years:

Facing north on 38 (9/2/08)

However, it was back by 2011. (9/23/11)

Facing north on 38 (9/23/11)

One way to save money - use the rural double arrow as the highway double arrow.

Facing east on 3 (9/23/11)

Oop. (This is the second time in a decade a mileage sign has omitted an S in a name.)

Facing east on 3 (9/2/08)

Facing west on 3 (9/2/08)

Lots of 3's at this intersection.

Facing west on 3 (9/2/08)

Old SOUTH End (1969-85): Stoplight, US 61, Muscatine, Muscatine County

Prior to the 61 bypass around Muscatine, 38 ended approximately where 61 meets the north end of Business 61 today. Back then, 61 came north out of downtown Muscatine and then turned east; continuing north would start on 38. In the downtown area in the late '70s and early '80s there was one duplex (61/IA 22) and one small triplex (61/IA 22/IA 92) - before 1969, IA 38 DID come south to its present end. With the completion of the bypass and establishment of the business route, 22 was rerouted and 38 extended. See this page for more on the history of highways in Muscatine. In the below pictures, the bypass road west of 38 did not exist when 38 ended at or near this intersection. Clockwise from top:

Facing south on 38 (8/31/07)

Facing south on 38 (8/31/07)

This pole could have been the "End 38".

Facing south on 38 (8/31/07)

Facing west, but heading south, on 61 (8/31/07, 8/31/07, and 6/8/15)

This probably provides the best comparison of what Iowa mileage signs used to look like before a decade of Clearview and what they look like now and in the future. The kerning (space between letters) is definitely different, and the "s" is skinnier.

Facing west, but heading south, on 61 (8/31/07)

Facing west, but heading south, on 61 (6/8/15)

The brackets and jumbo shields make this arrangement, which conforms to new standards, particularly ungainly.

Facing north on 38/Business 61 (was 61), but heading west on 22 (8/31/07)

Take away the left sign and you have a setup from before 1986. After the stoplight would be the beginning of 38.

Facing north on 38/Business 61 (was 61), but heading west on 22 (6/19/03)

Photo by Jason Hancock

Facing north on Business 61/IA 38 (6/8/15)

Facing north on 38, but heading west on 22 (10/13/06)

This is the previous version of the sign set in the lower left corner of the above picture.

Facing east on 22, but heading north on 61 (10/13/06)

Facing east on 22/92, but heading north on 61 (6/8/15)

Facing east on 22, but heading north on 61 (10/13/06)

Facing east on 22, but heading north on 61 (10/13/06)

Facing east on 22/92, but heading north on 61 (6/8/15)

SOUTH End: Stoplight, IA 92, Muscatine, Muscatine County

Signs at Mark Twain Overlook, accessible via a steep road just north of the 38/92 intersection (6/8/15)

Facing southwest, but heading south, on 38 / Closeup (1/26/02 and 10/13/06)

Left photo by Jason Hancock

This is in downtown Muscatine as 92 crosses from Illinois and intersects Business US 61. This sign is gone now.

Facing south on 38 (1/26/02 and 10/13/06)

Left photo by Jason Hancock

New versions of those assemblies (6/8/15)

Facing southeast (10/13/06)

This is the Norbert Beckey Bridge into Illinois. Once it crosses the bridge, it becomes IL 92. The car is turning from IA 92 onto IA 38.

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

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

This is the second westbound 92 shield in Iowa; the first is in the background of the above photo.

Facing northeast, but heading north, on Business 61 (former IA 92) (6/8/15)

Facing northeast, but heading north, on Business 61 (former IA 92) (6/8/15)

Facing northeast, but heading east, on 92 (10/13/06)

The first town on IL 92 is Illinois City, but it wouldn't be illogical to point to Rock Island instead since that's where 92 is going. It heads almost due east to the Quad Cities from here. This sign is gone now.

Facing northeast, but heading east, on 92 (10/13/06)

After the intersection, facing northeast, but heading north on Business 61/38 and west on 92

Page created 4/27/02; last updated 4/11/16

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