They were both real rarities around here, and more than once I thought about swiping one of the signs. Either would have been nice to have.
Anyway, on the way back to work after lunch one day, I noticed a Cleveland street department road crew right in the middle of taking down the U.S. 6 sign on Detroit. I thought, "Here's my chance!" I quickly pulled over and asked the worker if the city would sell me the sign.
He looked at me quizzically, and said, "Aw, this sign's no good, it doesn't reflect light any more. That's why we're taking it down."
And with that he tossed it into the back of the truck. The one on W. 28th is no longer there either.
Oh, well – I tried!
***Click here to learn about the interesting history and design evolution of those U.S. Highway signs.