(July 1920-July 1, 2003)

NORTH End: Hamilton Street, Keota, Keokuk County

Facing east, but heading north, on 77

Photo by Neil Bratney

The observant may notice that on the Iowa map, 77 appears to continue east from Keota to the Washington County line. It's really a few blocks off, but close. But when you get to the line, you reach the most flagrant violator of the Iowa county road numbering system. For three miles, between IA 92 and G26, one mile east of W15, the north-south county road is labeled V15! Since V61 is five miles west, and W38 six miles east, this designation is completely odd and out of place. The correct number would be W16.

Facing west, but heading south, on 77

Photo by Neil Bratney

Highway 77's east-west portion is probably due to the fact that Keota's main street runs east and west. This is the first sign heading "south".

Downtown Keota (about half a block west of above picture)

A funny thing happened to IA 77 on the way to decommissioning. In the 1980 route log, the last distance is "Davis St to Green St", in the 2001 log it's "Davis St to Hamilton St", yet both are .30 miles with a city distance of .87 miles.

*Original Number, Original End*

Facing north on 77

This sign shows where 77 turned east, before the north-south road intersects G26 to Harper.

SOUTH End: Stop sign, IA 92 and W15, Keokuk County

Facing south on 77

Photo by Neil Bratney

Neil reports that there is no "End"sign. Until 1980, 77 met the next road up (78) 11 miles south of here, but someone got carried away; the 1981 map mysteriously removed the highway entirely! This is one of the few, if not the only, routes that started out as a regular highway and ended as a simple spur.

Facing east on 92

Post-decommissioning, "Jct W15 <->" appeared before LGSs in each direction, and the 92 shields (see below) were removed.

Facing east on 92

Photo by Neil Bratney

In the same direction in 2002, there weren't any signs for W15.

Facing west on 92

The double arrow likely predated 77's decommissioning.

Facing west on 92

Last seen: 2003

Pictures by Neil Bratney: First, second, fifth and seventh, 1/20/02

Fourth picture by me: Third, fourth, sixth, eighth, and ninth, 5/10/12

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

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