Everywhere a Sign – Some L Signs From 2018 #AtoZChallenge

(Editor’s Note:  For  my  2019  posts,  I will be posting photos from my travels in 2018.  I visited 26 states and drive over 13,000 miles in 2018.  These posts will feature of few of the road signs and business signs I came across, as well as some stories behind them. )

Longing for something luscious and lighthearted?  Today is your lucky day as I provide a luscious array of L signs in this post.  Enjoy the Read. Enjoy the Ride.

Light, Arkansas

I have seen the Light!! It’s in Arkansas!
Light Baptist Church, Light, Arkansas

Light is located at the junction of U.S. Route 412 and Arkansas Highway 228 and was named after original settler Daniel Light.  Really out in the middle of nowhere.

Logger Restaurant, Knappa, Oregon

Logger Restaurant, Knappa, Oregon

I ALWAYS have my camera with me, especially on road trips.  You never know when a fun sign will pop up along the road.  Such was the case with the Logger Restaurant sign.  I did not stop to eat, but I did stop for a photo of this unique sign.   According to its website, the restaurant, located in Knappa, Oregon (a small town on the Columbia River west of Astoria on US Route 30) celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2015.  They are known for their Logger Bacon Cheeseburger and their Logger Clubhouse Sandwich.   They also make many homemade cream pies.  Dang!  I missed out….maybe next trip to the west coast.

Lucy’s Fried Chicken, Austin, Texas

Lucy’s Fried Chicken, Austin, Texas

I have mentioned this before.  I am a sucker for a good neon sign.  The sign for Lucy’s Fried Chicken in Austin, Texas is a doozie. The gal eating chicken and moving her leg up and down. And, the place also has a nice mural to boot! I will be heading to Austin in late June 2019 and will definitely be making an “eating” visit.

Lostant, Illinois

Lostant, Illinois

If the ant is lost, how do they know where it is?  I saw the sign for Lostant while driving on Interstate 39 in Illinois.  I took the exit to get this photo, but did not go into town.  I should have.  There is a Lost-Ant Cafe!   Apparently the town name comes from  Lostant Mercier, the wife of French diplomat Henri Mercier.

Lame Deer, Montana

Lame Deer, Montana

Lame Deer is a unique name.  Of course, the community is named after Miniconjou Lakota chief Lame Deer, who was killed by the U.S. Army in 1877 under a flag of truce south of the town.  It is located in the Northern Cheyenne Reservation on US Highway 212, an extremely scenic drive through the central mountains of Montana.

Leavenworth, Washington

Leavenworth, Washington

Many have heard of Leavenworth Prison.  It is NOT here (it is Kansas).  Leavenworth, Washington is a unique little town high in the Cascade Mountains of Washington, off of US Route 20.  As can be seen from the sign, it is designed like a Bavarian Village.  The street signs are in German, all of the architecture is very Bavarian.  Its a lovely little touristy town nestled in the mountains.  I could have enjoyed a couple of hours there rather than my 30 minute swing through town.  I look forward to my next trip to Washington to see family, and to visit Leavenworth again.

Livingston Bar & Grille, Livingston, Montana

Livingston Bar & Grille, Livingston, Montana
Livingston Bar & Grille Neon in Livingston, MT

Another classic vintage neon sign.  The Livingston Bar & Grille is in downtown Livingston, Montana.  The building is very historic, having been constructed in the 1800s.   I have not stopped there to eat, but check out their website. If you are going to Yellowstone National Park, you should definitely think about stopping in here.

Like what you see here? Well, there is lots more!  I currently have two books about offbeat and quirky places to take on your road trips. You can see both of my books at http://amzn.to/2ks6fQZ. Working on Book 3, coming in late Spring 2019!!

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Everywhere a Sign – Some C Signs From 2018 #AtoZChallenge

(Editor’s Note:  For  my  2019  posts,  I will be posting photos from my travels in 2018.  I visited 26 states and drive over 13,000 miles in 2018.  These posts will feature of few of the road signs and business signs I came across, as well as some stories behind them.  Enjoy the Read and Enjoy the Ride!)

One of the challenges of doing the Bloggers A to Z Challenge is coming up with a reasonable theme.  As a traveler, I can actually think of numerous themes, but the signs from my 2018 travels seemed like an adventurous way to go this time around.  Here are some C signs I came across in my road trips across America in 2018.

Cloudy, Oklahoma

I had hoped for a sunny day in Cloudy, Oklahoma, but alas, as you can see, the place lived up to its name.
And a Cloudy Cemetery?
There is a Cloudy Baptist Church!! I wonder if there is sunshine in their soul?

While looking at my map and planning a return trip home from Keller, Texas, I saw the name Cloudy on a map of Oklahoma.  Always on the lookout for unique place names, I added this one to my route.  The small community is located in the southeast corner of Oklahoma, northeast of Antlers and Rattan. It is actually down a narrow and windy, and oftimes bumpy road…called Cloudy Road, which is accessible from Rattan on Oklahoma Hwy 3. Turned out to be a cloudy day (I was hoping for some sunshine in Cloudy).  And, I had to take the same road back to Rattan.  A long, but fun detour!!

Cutter’s Barber Shop, Olympia, Washington

Cutter’s Barber Shop in Olympia, Washington

OK, we have all seen the “Curl Up and Dye” or other unique barber shop names.  But, the owner of this place is really named Cutter! The name matches the job.  Cutter’s Barber Shop is located in downtown Olympia, Washington. Cutter is a second generation barber.  And no, I did not stop in for a haircut.  I had a breakfast appointment at the Spar Cafe down the street.

Cavenaugh Park, Walnut Ridge, Arkansas

Cavenaugh Park in Walnut Ridge, AR celebrates the “Rock and Roll Highway” – US 67

Traveling across the United States, it is not rare to see a sign with a guitar (think Rock and Roll Cafe).  But, to see a guitar and amp sign is something else.  Walnut Ridge, Arkansas celebrates their place on US Hwy 67, which, in Arkansas, is referred to as The Rock and Roll Highway 67.  It is a 111 mile stretch of highway that runs through Jackson, Lawrence and Randolph Counties, including Walnut Ridge, where they claim the moniker “Where Abbey Road Meets the Rock and Roll Highway” due to a brief pass through visit by the Beatles in 1964.  Cavenaugh Park has a a giant cement sidewalk shaped like a guitar that has numerous memorial signs celebrating the Rockabilly influences of the area. Thus the guitar and amp. By the way, Walnut Ridge actually has a huge Beatles memorial park and a street named Abbey Road with all sorts of Beatles-themed shops.

Crazy Head Springs, Lame Deer, Montana

Crazy Head Springs in Montana

Driving west on US Hwy 212 through the heart of Montana is a wonderful drive, unless you are going through a snowstorm…which I was.  But, despite the snow, I had to stop for a photo of this sign on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation.  From what I could glean on the internet, it is apparently a great place to go fishing. But not in a mountain snowstorm…I just kept going.

Cuba, Missouri

Cuba, Missouri – a mural city
Cuba, MO Post Office
Cuba, MO

I have been to Cuba…not the island in the Caribbean, but the touristy Route 66 town in central Missouri.  Chock full of throwback murals and lots of Route 66 related things, it is a great place for nostalgia and a chance to stand under one of the world’s biggest rocking chairs.

Looking for a unique and fun gift for yourself or  your traveler friends? How about a book about offbeat and quirky places to take on your road trips? You can see both of my books at http://amzn.to/2ks6fQZ. Working on Book 3, coming in late Spring 2019!!

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Travel in 2018: Fun Place Names and Street Signs

Smiling in Smiley, Texas

I am always on the lookout for fun places to visit when on the backroads of America.  My travels in 2018 took me to 26 different states and along the way I found more unique town names and fun street signs to add to my collection.  In 2017 I published my first book titled “Less Beaten Paths of America: Unique Town Names.”  (Check out the book here) At the time I wrote it, I didn’t think I would get enough new places to fill up a second book, but , indeed, I have.  And 2018 really helped with that.

Happyville Road in Greensburg, Kentucky (I always #CHOOSEHAPPY)
Autumn and me in Marvel, Alabama with our Marvel T-Shirts

Obviously, in my road trip plans I did set my sights on a few of these places intentionally.  Once such place was Marvel, Alabama.  I even bought a Marvel T-shirt to wear in front of the sign.  But, having never been there, I had no assurance that there would even be a sign in such a small place.  Luckily, my granddaughter Autumn (who also had a Marvel T-shirt for the occasion) and I did find a sign for the Marvel Baptist Church!!  LUCKY!

Lostant, Illinois. If the ant is Lost, how do they know it is that way?

But, I had many more instances where the places just happened to be there.

This post will quickly hit up on some of these fun discoveries, along with photos of signs, etc.  ENJOY THE RIDE!

“Y” City, Arkansas. Don’t ask me why, I don’t know.

Y City is an unincorporated community in Scott County, Arkansas. It is located at the junction of U.S. Routes 71 and 270 in the southern part of the county on Mill Creek and the junction is shaped like a Y.

I.X.L., Oklahoma is really unique. Haven’t seen many towns that have abbreviations.

This small community was apparently a “freedmen’s” town.  It is located in Okfuskee County, Oklahoma on Oklahoma State Highway 48. It has about 59 or 60 residents.

Woody Guthrie Street in Okemah, Oklahoma

While in Okfuskee County, we also visited Okemah, the home of famed folk singer Woody Guthrie — you know, the guy that wrote “This Land is Your Land,” and “Bound for Glory,” among numerous others.

Then there is Gold Bar, Washington in the Cascades

Gold Bar, Washington is located on US 20 in Snohomish County, Washington. The town has a little over 200 residents and is located in the heart of the Cascades.  Beautiful mountains frame this small town.  Gold Bar started as a prospectors camp in 1889, named by a miner who found traces of gold on a river gravel bar.

Fairy Baptist Church, Fairy, Texas. Didn’t know Fairies went to church not that they were Baptist!
The Gate to the Fairy Cemetery in Fairy, Texas

I never knew that fairies were Baptists nor that they die and get buried.  But, there is a Fairy Baptist and a Fairy Cemetery in Fairy, Texas, a very small unincorporated community in the northern part of Hamilton County (north of Hico). It is at the junction of Texas FM 219 and 1602.

Lame Deer, Montana. No, I didn’t even see a regular deer.

Lame Deer is on the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation in Rosebud County, Montana.  The community is named after Miniconjou Lakota chief Lame Deer, who was killed by the U.S. Army in 1877 under a flag of truce south of the town.

Sublime Baptist Church in Sublime, Texas

Sublime, Texas is a small community off of US Route 90 about 60 miles west of Houston.  It has a small church and a Post Office.

Goobertown, Arkansas continues the tradition of strange town names in Arkansas

Goobertown is an unincorporated community in Craighead County, Arkansas, near Jonesboro.  You can pick up a Goobertown T-shirt if you want one at the Goobertown Grocery on US 49. The T-shirts feature a personified peanut after which the tiny community is supposedly named.

Punkin Center, Colorado. No punkins to be seen anywhere.

From peanuts in Goobertown to Punkins in Punkin Center.  Punkin Center is a small, rural Unincorporated community in Lincoln Countyat the intersection of State Highway 94 and State Highway 71.  Yes, that is literally the middle of nowhere!  Originally had a small store that was painted orange (this the pumpkin reference), but it burned down in the 1950s.  There are currently “about” 4 residents in this dot on the highway.

Zigzag Inn – Zigzag, Oregon – A NEW Z Name for me!!
The Zigzag Ranger Station was built in 1935 and is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Zigzag is another unincorporated community.  It is located in Clackamas County, Oregon on US Route 26, near Rhodendron.  It is supposedly named after the Zigzag River.  It is home to the Zigzag Ranger Station, which was built in 1935.

Smiley, Texas – didn’t find many smiles here
The Smiley Water Tower. Not even a Smiley Face on it!

I am always looking for a smile and I thought Smiley, Texas would be just the place!  I have been all over the country and seen many water towers with those fun smiley faces on them.  Ala, no such luck in this town.  Smiley is located in Gonzales County, Texas on US Route 87 and has a population of about 500 not too smiley people.  It is about 60 miles east of San Antonio, the seventh largest city in the United States.

I have seen the Light!! It’s in Arkansas!

Light, Arkansas was named after Daniel Light, the first settler.  The small unincorporated community of 50 or so is located in Greene County at the junction of US Route 412 and AR Hwy 228.

I had hoped for a sunny day in Cloudy, Oklahoma, but alas, as you can see, the place lived up to its name.
There is a Cloudy Baptist Church!! I wonder if there is sunshine in their souls?
And a Cloudy Cemetery?

I saw the town of Cloudy, Oklahoma on a map as I planned a return trip home from Texas and figured I needed to try to get there.   It was actually more of an adventure than I had planned as Cloudy Road, which heads north out of Rattan, Oklahoma, snakes its way for about 12 miles into some hilly country.  Some of the roads were in bad repair.  But I made it!! Due to flooding, I had to return back to Rattan to continue the trek home.

Yes indeed, there is a nice little community called Dime Box in Texas. It even has a big giant dime in a glass box on display in the town (which will be in another post)
Can’t have much prosperity with only a Dime Box…can you?
A dime for Dime Box. But the forever stamps will cost you 55 cents.

Dime Box, Texas is located at the junction of TX Hwy 141 and TX Hwy 424 in Lee County.  The community has maybe 200 people in town.  There is actually a Dime Box Independent School District and a high school.  I’ll feature more about Dime Box in future posts.

Brothers, Oregon
Brothers Stage Stop – Brothers, Oregon

Brothers, Oregon is a dot on the map on US Route 20 about 40 miles east of Bend.  There is a small stage stop, rest area and post office located in the unincorporated community.  The place is in the Oregon high desert and is in the midst of a vast sagebrush field. If you travel about 60 miles northwest on US 20, you will arrive in Sisters, Oregon.  I have been there a couple of times and have noted the town in my blog in the past (see post).

Ding Dong, Texas is comprised of one store/cafe.

Ding Dong, Texas is an unincorporated place on the Lampasas River between Gerogetown and Kileen on TX Hwy 195.  I had stopped there in hopes of buying Hostess Ding-Dongs…  But, among all of the Hostess Cupcake products in the store, they did not carry Ding Dongs.  A Ding Dong fail!!  Ding Dong was named when two early settlers in the town, Zulis Bell and Bert Bell, opened a store and hired the artist Cohn Cohen Hoover to make a sign for it. Hoover painted a sign with two bells on it. Inside the bells, Hoover painted the initials of the Bell brothers. Underneath one bell he painted the word “Ding” and the word “Dong” under the other bell. Over the years, because of this sign, this community became known as Ding Dong.

Helper, Utah

Helper is small quaint community of about 2,200 located off of US 191 just north of Price, Utah in Carbon County.  The town is a coal mining and railroad town.  It gets its name from the “helper” engines that would help push trains up the long hill to Soldier Summit as trains made their way to Salt Lake City.

There are so many unique places in Texas. I just accidentally came across this one….
I was so thrilled for this place. It had a laundromat and a restroom!!
I wonder if you can call the Telephone VFD with a cell phone now???

Telephone, Texas is located at the junction of TX Hwy 273 and TX Hwy 2029 in Fannin County north of Honey Grove, Texas and just south of the Oklahoma border.   There are about 200 folks in this community, which got its name after numerous rejected name submissions to the US Postal Service in 1886.

Startup, Washington

Startup, Washington is a small community located just west of Stevens Pass on US Route 20. The name was to honor George G. Startup, manager of the Wallace Lumber Company. The Startup post office was established in 1900.  There are about 700 people in this very scenic town at the base of the Cascade Mountains.

Welcome to Many. Not just a few here!

Many, Louisiana is just east of the Texas border on Louisiana Hwy 6 and the junction of US Route 171 in Sabine Parish. The community takes its name from Colonel Many, who was an officer stationed at nearby Fort Jesup.

Flat, Texas is truly in a flat part of the state

Back to Texas (again) to the community of Flat.   The town is on TX Hwy 36 northeast of Temple in Coryell County.  There are about 850 people currently living here.

Big Foot Road in Wall, South Dakota

Are you looking for Big Foot?  Maybe you can take Big Foot Rd. near Wall, South Dakota and find him.  I wouldn’t know…  I just stopped for a photo of the exit sign on Interstate 90.

 

Big Fun in Uranus, Missouri
Thanks for Picking Uranus
Welcome to Uranus Missouri
Help Keep Uranus Clean

Finally, there is the “faux” town of Uranus, Missouri on Route 66 west of Cuba.  It is actually a huge tourist attraction filled with fun.  The main attraction is the Uranus Fudge Factory and all of its employees, called Fudge Packers.

And I’ll end this post in Uranus…  hope you enjoyed the ride

Looking for a unique and fun gift for yourself or  your traveler friends? How about a book about offbeat and quirky places to take on your road trips? You can see both of my books at http://amzn.to/2ks6fQZ. Enjoy the Read and Enjoy the Ride!

 

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