WEST End: Stop sign, IA 150/Cemetery St., West Union, Fayette County

Facing west on 56

Before it ends, 56 parallels 150 for a mile. There is a 6/10-mile paved shortcut between 150 and 56 1.1 miles to the south, but there's no special signage for it.

Facing north on 150

Photo by Jason Hancock

Actually, this intersection is already inside the West Union city limits.

Facing north on 150

Facing south on 150 / LGS in background ("^ Fayette 7" on top)

Left photo by Jason Hancock

Surrounding area information: IA 150-US 18 intersection

Facing east on 18

Facing west on 18

Photo by Jason Hancock

This is the second highway going west on 18 that 18 does not intersect but has a "To" sign. Four towns on an LGS is a rarity. The inclusion of 56 here, like IA 13 to the east, may be due to an old alignment of the route:

This 1944 map shows 56 paralleling 150 a full mile to the east, turning northwest after meeting County Road X, and ending at US 18 3/10 mile east of 150. The black dot is City Hall. Today, 56 is only half a mile to the east of 150 (along the road between the two). The piece of road between the top of the 56 shield and the bottom of the "F.A." marking no longer exists.

Old EAST End: 4-way stop, Old IA 13 N/Bridge St. and Old IA 13 S/1st St., Elkader, Clayton County

Facing northeast, but heading east, on 56

This is the main downtown intersection of a county seat, and it's just a stop sign. Clayton County is one of the very few counties in Iowa that doesn't have a stoplight. Behind the camera, 56 makes a turn after one block.

Facing northwest, but heading north, on old 13

Facing southeast, but heading east, on old 13

This is the first assembly after turning from 56's old end to former southbound IA 13.

EAST End: Stop sign, IA 13, Clayton County

Facing southeast, but heading east, on 56

Facing southeast, but heading east, on 56

Facing northeast, but heading north, on 13

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Facing northeast, but heading north, on 13

Photo by Jason Hancock

The IA 13 is far enough away that Elkader's not really visible from this intersection, hence the sign here and the "Business District" in the background. There is another intersection northeast of town, at the other end of old 13.

Facing northeast, but heading north, on 13

Facing southwest, but heading south, on 13

Facing southwest, but heading south, on 13

Facing southwest, but heading south, on 13

As an original number, IA 56 has connected West Union and Elkader for more than three-quarters of a century.

Pictures by Jason Hancock: Second, fourth, and eighth, 7/14/02; fifteenth, 9/1/02

Pictures by me: First, third, and fifth-seventh, 5/18/04; ninth-fourteenth and sixteenth-nineteenth, 9/7/06

Page created 1/11/03; last updated 11/27/06

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