US Highways Signs and Sights -- Recent Additions

Welcome to the US Highways Signs and Sights Gallery! This page lists the most recent additions and changes that have been made. They're categorized by the date they were added.

March 8, 2020

Updates have been infrequent in recent years. Site features remain available as a service.

December 3, 2017

Yes, there's a lot of backlog. I added a link to a page about the future of this site and related sites (since removed).

December 30, 2014

US 340 in Virginia near Harpers Ferry, West Virginia After posting this US 340 photo to a Facebook group, several group members pointed out that US 340 passes through a corner of Loudoun County, Virginia, between Maryland and West Virginia, by Piney Run. So, while the marker is near Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, it actually is a standard Virginia US-marker reassurance assembly. There is a small sign nearby indicating entry into Virginia, but it is very easy to miss and, indeed, I missed it.

Thanks to H. B. Elkins, Brian Powell, and C. Patrick Zilliacus for the correction.

The program to query by state was also fixed to deal with a bug causing results for Virginia to be returned as a result of a query for "West Virginia", and to accommodate queries for the District of Columbia, which currently returns only one page.

In the program to query by state, I also found a longstanding bug that would cause queries with strange capitalization, or in all-caps, to fail. This has been fixed, and you can now use any kind of capitalization you want.

December 24, 2014

For the first time in a couple of years, an update with 70 new photos, from my 2013 trips to Maryland and the Washington, D.C. area, as well as a few photos from a later trip to Dubuque, Iowa.

I also discovered that I had earlier introduced a minor bug into the program for route-number queries. The bug may cause one or more entries to appear from Missouri, California, or New Mexico that are not US highways. This will affect situations where business routes or spur routes are involved. Having one or two extra links resulting from a query isn't ideal but is not especially harmful for this application. I will work on finding a categorical solution to avoid hacking together a special case that might have side effects of its own.

Queries for "West Virginia" will returned results for Virginia; this bug was fixed in the December 29 update.

The state query didn't work for "District of Columbia". This bug was fixed in the December 29 update. The index page of listings by state was not affected.

August 11, 2014

A spot check found that I never actually updated this page on March 30, though I had updated the design! Never mind; that way, you didn't have to deal with the broken link to the colophon on this page. In addition, I made minor changes to the text on this page to resolve anachronisms that crept in over time.

March 30, 2014

New site design! After more than five years with the same design, the site began to look dated. The new design is an evolution from the 2008 version. The biggest change is the use of Google Fonts for the pages. See the colophon for more details about the fonts. For those of you interested in radio, I also recovered articles about my radios from blogging sites that I had used but which either shut down or had other problems.

December 29, 2012

Added a couple of photos, one from David Backlin, and one from a photographer who wishes to be identified as "Jake". Thanks to both of you!

I also removed links to my Tumblr page, which I stopped maintaining. no longer maintaining. Subsequently, Posterous shut down, and I ceased maintaining a site on Blogger as well (it still exists but I am not updating it).

May 30, 2012

Added some 2011 Oklahoma photos from David Backlin. Thanks, David!

December 3, 2011

Minor changes, mostly cleanup of links, addition of blogs/social media links, and removal of the Browser Info page.

March 4, 2011

Removed the AboutVia link, which had been long dead, and added a link to, by Dale Sanderson, featuring endpoints of US highways.

I also removed the link to the misc.transport.road FAQ.

December 29, 2010

From my husband's July 2010 trip to the Northwest, here's a series of photos. For the first time at this site, Idaho and Montana are represented, with a few photos from Washington state as well. The complete list of 25 photos (on 24 pages):

September 26, 2010

Added 20 more photos from New York City and the Hudson Valley of New York. There are fewer highway-oriented photos than usual, but the photos of New York City landmarks included in this set should also be enjoyable. All photos were taken in May 2010.

August 8, 2010

Old milepost marker on US 9 in Red Hook, New York New York enters the Signs and Sights Gallery with 17 photos, most from the mid-Hudson Valley, taken during a trip in May 2010.

The photo at left shows a very old milepost marker that's along the side of US 9 in Red Hook. Click on the photo for a larger version of the photo and more details about the marker. (It's also the first link in the list below.)

Note: A bug in the site's indexing and searching functions that caused some routes to be missed when searching on route numbers was fixed. Those functions had not been working correctly since another bugfix in December 2009.

May 31, 2010

Removed links to the photo-count pages. Certain other sites liked to boast of their photo counts. I didn't want to participate in that boasting, because I think it doesn't mean anything, especially when you can't find those other sites' photos easily. The pages are still on the site, so you can find them if you know the URL, but they won't be updated automatically. I am keeping them because they've been useful for diagnosing occasional problems with the data used to index and search my photo pages.

December 22, 2009

This update fixed various errors, most notably, a tendency to pick up business and spur routes whose parent routes were California or Missouri state routes rather than US routes. That should no longer be a problem. Also improved the handling of two-word state names by using a more flexible architecture in the search program for state names.

December 6, 2009

With the addition of a photo of a historic US 101 marker in Paso Robles to the California Road Signs and Sights Gallery, joining an earlier photo from Del Mar, I have added Historic US 101 as a search and indexing category for route markers.

November 14, 2009

US 101 at California 128 north of Geyserville This year, most updates have been at the California Road Signs and Sights Gallery, including new photos of US 101 in Sonoma and Marin counties. Those photos will also appear in search results and indexes at the US Highways gallery.

December 19, 2008

US 550 thumbnail Finally, some new photos: 21 of them, from my May 2008 trip to southwestern and south-central Colorado. US 550 is noted because I have several photos of the route's northern endpoint in Montrose, Colorado. Also featured are US 50, US 160, and US 285.

In addition, I was able to move all the photo files back to my main web server. My ISP recently upgraded the server. As part of that upgrade, my quota of disk space more than doubled. So I could bring the photo files back on this server again. If you find any photos or files missing, please let me know.

August 8, 2008

Rearchitected the entire Signs & Sights family of sites. All URLs changed and are now shorter. The easy way to convert any given URL: remove /road/sign from the old URL to get the new URL.

June 29, 2007

The JPEGs on the individual sign pages were moved, to be served from another site. I also added links to the new and improved New Mexico Signs & Sights Gallery, which I brought back to the 'Monitor on this date. The New Mexico photos that were formerly at the US Highways Signs and Sights Gallery were moved to the New Mexico site. The indexing and search programs at the US site still list those photos as well as Missouri and California photos in the site galleries for those states.

October 18, 2007

Thanks to David Backlin for some contractor goofs and other odd signs in the vicinity of Flippin, Arkansas, where a bypass for US 62 opened this month.

August 6, 2007

Added 26 photos, and a new state, thanks to photos David Backlin contributed from a trip to Nebraska, Wyoming, and Colorado in July 2007. One of the photos, on the Colorado-Nebraska border, is taken from nearly the exact spot that my aunt photographed 59 years earlier on what was then US 24. I've updated the page with that photo:

Here are the other 25 new photos. Thanks, David!

July 12, 2007

Relocated six photos from the Other Signs and Sights Gallery that I took in Iowa and New Mexico several years ago. This move was in preparation for some other changes that occurred later this summer. (The New Mexico signs were moved to a new New Mexico Road Signs and Sights Gallery in June 2008.)

April 4, 2007

Added 20 photos from David Backlin, taken mostly in March, in Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Mississippi. Thanks, David!

January 20, 2007

Added 10 photos from David Backlin from trips in Oklahoma during 2004. These had been in my archives for some time when I discovered them recently. Thanks, David, for the contributions!

Also revised this page regarding odd US 14 shields photographed in the Chicago area in 1998. One of the shields, on Broadway in the Edgewater neighborhood, has since been replaced.

Finally, the "version 7" page of links was removed from the site, in hopes of making maintenance less burdensome and allowing me more time to work on content.

November 26, 2006

Added 35 photos (on 34 pages) from a Labor Day weekend trip to Portland, Oregon, adding another state of the roster of states covered at the site. Also featured in this set are photos of notable sites along the Historic Columbia River Highway.

November 14, 2006

Here are two more contributions from David Backlin, also showing the 2006-style Oklahoma "meat cleaver" state route marker. Thanks again, David!

November 13, 2006

Added 28 photos (on 26 pages) from David Backlin, taken on a trip through Kansas and Colorado in July. Thanks, David!

October 1, 2006

I removed all the direct e-mail links from the pages that had those links. This was an attempt to reduce a particularly difficult type of spam that has begun showing up at my e-mail provider. A new e-mail address is provided on a separate Contact Information page.

July 4, 2006

More photos from David Backlin showing the new "meat cleaver" marker style for Oklahoma state routes, plus a couple of photos from Mississippi and one from Arkansas. Thanks, David!

Also in Arkansas, thanks to H.B. Elkins for these photos from northeastern Arkansas in 2001 (and apologies for taking so long!)

June 21, 2006

Starting with the beginning of Historic US 66 in Chicago, courtesy of an anonymous contributor:

Also: more contributions from David Backlin from Oklahoma and Tennessee. Thanks again, David!

June 14, 2006

Contributions from David Backlin of photos in Oklahoma and Tennessee, including the new so-called "meat cleaver" Oklahoma state markers. Thanks, David! This update was delayed because programming changes were required in order to handle suffixed US routes.

May 25, 2006

A design facelift for the entire site! The biggest changes were at the Missouri, California, and US Highways Signs and Sights Galleries, where the top-level index page was replaced by a search page, enabling you to quickly find photos for specific routes, types of routes, or categories of photos. You can also search for photos relating to specific states.

Other than the new search pages, the most notable changes seen by most users are the new fonts used across the entire site. (This was before third-party web fonts were widely used.) The new design should also look a little bit better with Internet Explorer 6 than the old design.

April 1, 2006

Thanks again to David Backlin, who found this confusing sign on US 49 as it approaches Interstate 20 in Jackson, Mississippi.

March 29, 2006

Added an index by photo category to the other category indexes.

March 27, 2006

Thanks to David Backlin, who contributed two photos taken along US 65 in northeastern Louisiana earlier in the month.

February 5, 2006

Added a photo of a goof on US 271 in Oklahoma near the Arkansas border. Thanks to David Backlin for this catch!

January 29, 2006

Moved 56 pages with 61 photos from this gallery to the Missouri Road Signs and Sights Gallery. The move was made to consolidate all the Missouri photos into the Missouri gallery. The Recent Additions page at the Missouri Road Signs and Sights Gallery lists the pages that were moved.

January 21, 2006

Added a picture of a square US marker, unusual in Illinois, taken by Joe Reda in 2005. Thanks, Joe!

December 30, 2005

Added a page listing all US Highways photos at this site (in all galleries), alphabetized by the descriptive text in the link. Anchors are included for each letter of the alphabet. For example, adding "#E" to the URL will take you directly to the links beginning with the letter E. Also fixed a logic error that prevented a few pages in the US Highways gallery from being indexed correctly.

December 20, 2005

Added eight new photos (on seven pages) taken by David Backlin in Arkansas and Texas. Thanks, David!

December 13, 2005

Added anchors within the indexes by category. I hope to make more use of this feature in the future. In the meantime, you can use them to move around more quickly in each of the indexes. For example, when in the Route Index, type "#US71" after the URL to find the listings for US 71. When in the State Index, type "#Oklahoma" after the URL to find the listings for Oklahoma. Be sure to omit any spaces and punctuation marks (examples: US395, NewMexico). In the Route Index, use "BR" for Business Routes and "SP" for Spur Routes.

December 5, 2005

Added programs that create page and photo counts of the cities, routes, and states shown in this and the other Signs and Sights Galleries, as well as counting the categories of photos shown and the number of contributors.

December 4, 2005

Moved eight pages (with nine photos) from this gallery to the California Road Signs and Sights Gallery. Two pages (with two photos) that duplicated photos at the California gallery were removed. The pages that were moved are listed on the Recent Additions page at the California gallery.

November 18, 2005

Added three photos from David Backlin, taken in Louisiana in November 2005. Thanks again, David!

November 17, 2005

Added 11 photos taken during my September 2005 trip to Missouri. Many more are at the Missouri Signs and Sights Gallery.

Also added 18 photos taken by David Backlin in 2004 and 2005. Thanks once again, David!

August 28, 2005

Added indexes by category. These indexes list pages at all the sign galleries, not just the US Highways gallery. These indexes were made possible by the huge XHTML conversion earlier this year. They are a first step toward a new approach toward managing the galleries that I hope to unveil in the coming months. The new indexes are:

August 14, 2005

Added two photos taken by David Backlin this month in southern Missouri. Also see the Missouri Highways Signs & Sights Gallery for more contributions from David. Thanks, David!

July 19, 2005

Added a photo of an especially nice example of the use of button reflectors in California, a trailblazer at a freeway entrance for US 101 in Arroyo Grande. I took the photo in November 2004. The sign was still there in July 2005. I migrated the sign to the California Road Signs and Sights Gallery on December 4, 2005.

March 31, 2005

Converted all the pages (except the legacy index page) to XHTML 1.1. Added contributions from David Backlin. Thanks again, David! Arkansas and Louisiana photos were taken in October 2004.

Plus a couple more photos from my archives, taken in 1998.

Renamed files

Renamed some older files (especially from Illinois in 1998) to fit with the newer naming scheme.

October 18, 2004

Added two photos from my trip to upper northern California in September 2004 (since migrated to the California Signs and Sights Gallery on December 4, 2005), plus new text regarding the Texas business-route shields with "BUSINESS" within the shield. It was a former Texas standard, superseded by October 2004. Thanks to Jonathan Winkler for his discussion of the topic in misc.transport.road.

August 24, 2004

Contributions from David Backlin during the spring and summer of 2004.

Renamed files

Renamed a couple of files from Dalhart, Texas in January 2000 to fit with the newer naming scheme.

June 5, 2004

From my May 2004 trip to New Mexico.

March 11, 2004

Contributed by Mike Dietrich.
Contributed by David Backlin.
Finally, one more from my October 2003 trip to Missouri.

February 15, 2004

Contributed by David Backlin.

February 3, 2004

From my October 2003 trip to Missouri. Most of the photos from that trip are at the Missouri Road Signs and Sights Gallery.

August 26, 2003

Contributed by Scott Maness (US 66) and David Backlin (Pittsburg, Kansas signs).

Earlier Updates

(Not a complete list)

July 17, 2003: Added photos from my May 2003 trip to Lake Tahoe and the US 395 corridor in California. More photos from this trip are at the California Road Signs & Sights Gallery.

June 8, 2003: Added US 54 pictures in west-central Missouri from my March 2003 trip to Missouri. More photos from this trip are at the Missouri Road Signs & Sights Gallery.

December 27, 2002: Added US 66 exit-sign photo along the Will Rogers Turnpike. Thanks to Ben Prusia!

October 13, 2002: Added "Business" US 63 and Jefferson City US 50/54/63 photos from my September 2002 trip to Missouri, and added 26 photos from David Backlin's road trip to Missouri and Iowa (thanks, David!). More photos from these trips are at the Missouri Road Signs & Sights Gallery.

Mark Roberts
Oakland, California
E-mail: Please see the Contact Information page.
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