NORTH End: Stop sign, IA 9, Allamakee County

Facing north on 51

Facing north on 51

Facing west on 9

Facing west on 9

Facing east on 9

Facing east on 9

SOUTH End: 4-way stop, US 18/52/Tilden St., Postville, Allamakee County

Facing south on 51 (2002)

Photo by Monte Castleman

The assembly is somewhat strange, but what it means is that the Hiawatha Pioneer Trail continues ahead. US 18/52 go ahead and to the right. This intersection is 1/5 mile north of the Allamakee/Clayton county line. Only about the southernmost three miles are part of the original alignment of 51 (see bottom). Compare this to the below picture:

Facing south on 51 (May 2004)

The light poles have been removed and all the signs at this intersection have been placed on metal poles (a widespread and IMHO misguided trend). Also, in the background, the US route shields got a "Jct" tacked on top, which is redundant because behind this photo is already a "Jct 18/52" sign. Finally, the parking has changed from parallel to angle.

Facing north on 18/52 (July 2002 / May 2004)

Left photo by Jason Hancock

This photo shows a bit of the downtown in the background and how it has changed. The Phillips 66 at right has closed.

Facing east on 18/52 (July 2002 / May 2004) (widen window to see side-by-side)

Left photo by Jason Hancock

Highways 18 and 52 join/separate a mile west of this intersection; 52 comes in from Winneshiek County while 18 comes up straddling the Fayette/Clayton line, angling for half a mile in the very northeastern tip of Clayton County, and then entering Allamakee to join up with 52 and leave it on Postville's east side. The highways spend just enough time in Allamakee County to intersect and serve Postville; 52 is 2.7 miles in the county, 18 is 2.2. Thus, US 18 enters Clayton County twice.

In both of the above pictures it would be more accurate for plain arrows, as the leg would indicate a change ahead instead of right there. This was changed in the northbound photo, but eastbound stayed the same.

Facing north on 51

Prior to 1969, 51 followed county roads W4B and X16 to end at what was then IA 13 southeast of Waukon. But since that part of 13 became IA 76 on Jan. 1, 1969 - before 51 was realigned - why didn't a new sign indicate the road at 51's north end?

Seventh picture by Monte Castleman: Summer 2002

Ninth and eleventh pictures by Jason Hancock: 7/14/02

Pictures by me: First-sixth, eighth, tenth, twelfth, and thirteenth, 5/19/04

Page created 11/22/02; last updated 6/1/04

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