April 2018 Cross-Country Road Trip: Signs, Signs, Everywhere a Sign

Sign post in Broadus, Montana

One thing that we all see when traveling America’s highways is signs.  All kinds of them: road signs, exit signs, mile markers, billboards, “Welcome to Our Town” signs and the massive assortment of business signs from fast food places to local eateries.  Indeed, our eyes and minds are deluges with them!

Over the course of my 6000 mile road trip to Washington State and back, I probably saw way more than a sign a mile (on average).  Yes, there are many places with no signs, but then, there are others, such as going through small towns, where they are in abundance.

One of hundreds of Wall Drug signs to be seen on I-90 from as far away as Minnesota.

Lostant The Mint Bar and a Coca-Cola Wall Art sign in Livingston, Montana

Zigzag Inn – Zigzag, Oregon

This post presents a variety of signs from the road.  This “eye-candy” is just one more fun piece of the travel puzzle.  Discovering new signs, whether they be unique neon signs advertising local burger joints to the unique town signs and water towers, these signs are the little “color fillers” on the grand expanse of two lane highways zig-zagging this nation.

I always watch for fun town name signs. This one is in Illinois….not sure if they found the ant.

Welcome to Gold Bar, Washington.

Follow me along on this colorful journey (in no particular order) to see some of the signs I saw along the way.  And watch for the occasional Wall Drug sign to pop up on the ride (just like they do on I-90).

Saigon Rendezvous Restaurant – Olympia, Washington

Starve Rock State Park – Illinois

Luxury 5 Cinema in Mitchell, SD

Billy Burgers – Wilbur, Washington

Old Piggly Wiggly Ad on the side of a building in Helper, Utah

Wall Drug Sign on I-90 in South Dakota

A Sign at a convenience store door in Ferdinand, Indiana. So bummed! Wanted to go into store Donald Duck style….

Sunset Motel Ad on building in Belle Fourche, SD

Classic neon Stardust Motel in Wallace, Idaho

Welcome to Nevada – Denio, Nevada

Sasquatch Sign Company, Manitou Springs, Colorado

Corn Palace – Mitchell, South Dakota

Welcome to Henry, Illinois

Livingston Bar & Grille – Livingston, Montana

Wall Drug sign in southwest Minnesota

Safeco Field Sign in Seattle, WA

Murray Theatre – Murray, Utah

Welcome to Tonica, Illinois

Welcome to Davenport, Washington

Logger Restaurant in Astoria, Oregon

Al’s Oasis in Chamberlain, South Dakota – Largest stop for 200 miles (next one down the road is Wall Drug

Brothers Stage Stop – Brothers, Oregon

Custer Battlefield Trading Post – Crow Agency, Montana

Welcome to Kingston, Washington

Silver Saddle Motel in Manitou Springs, CO. I stayed there. Nice place. That is Pkes Peak in the background.

Iowa River Greenbelt – Iowa Falls, Iowa

Dr. Pierces Golden Medical Discovery Barn Ad in Waterville, Washington

Kit Carson Trading post, Kit Carson, Colorado

Oyster Capital of the World – South Bend, Washington

Winners Casino – Winnemucca, Nevada

Lame Deer, Montana

Roxy Theater – Ottawa, Illinois

Old Hotel Newhouse neon sign in Helper, Utah

Punkin Center, Colorado. Smack dab in the middle of nowhere

Cenex Sign on I-90 warning of last gas station for miles. Chamberlain, South Dakota

Wall Drug Sign on I-90 in South Dakota

Warrior Trail – US Hwy 212 in Montana…taken near Ashland, Montana

Solomon, Kansas

Papa Joe’s in Crescent Junction, UT – The middle of nowhere touristy stop for gas, snacks and odds and ends quirky souvenirs.

Antique Archaeology in LeClaire, Iowa

Jerry Strong Landing on the Illinois River in Lacon, Illinois

Sign at door of Belle Restaurant in Belle Fourche, SD

Cutter’s Barber Shop in Olympia, Washington

Portway Tavern – Astoria, Oregon

Direction Signs in Wallace, Idaho

Black Bear Clothes wall ad in Sultan, Washington

Wallace, Idaho

Yet another Wall Drug Sign – in Western Minnesota

The Empire Theater in Livingston, Montana

Big Foot Road, near the Badlands National Park in South Dakota

Kountry Korners Krazy Kreatures in Kingston, Washington

Welcome to Helper sign with old Coke Wall Ad in background

Welcome to Kentucky, home sweet home

Wall sign in Olympia, Washington

Colorado State Line


If you like what you see, you may want to check out my book: Less Beaten Paths of America: Unique Town Names, available on Amazon.  My second book, Less Beaten Paths of America: Quirky and Offbeat Roadside Attractions, is currently being worked on and I hope to make it available in late  June 2018. Click on the photo below for more details or to get a copy of the book.

Books 1 & 2