Thursday, March 30, 2017

Ohio Turnpike Signs That Time Forgot

On a Sunday afternoon in late December 2016, I had to make a trip to Elyria. On the way home, I shot this photo of some ancient street signs located where Lorain Boulevard meets Lake Avenue.

The Ohio Turnpike sign is a rare die-cut version that you just don’t see any more. The sign pointing in the direction of Midway Mall has seen better days too – much like the mall itself.

That’s a Family Dollar in the photo on the left in the background.

While preparing this post, I looked at an aerial on Bing Maps of where the sign is located. Strangely enough, the now-demolished former Greyhound station was still in the photo where the Family Dollar is now located.

I remember having to catch a bus at that Greyhound station, but I’ll be doggoned if I can remember when that was – and where I was going!

I just dug through my photo files and came up with another one of those faded, die-cut Ohio Turnpike signs. This one (below) is located in Huron near the intersection of Route 6 and Main Street on the south side of the highway looking east. I photographed it in 2016.

Interestingly, the Google Maps view from 2013 shows a different sign (below). Maybe somebody clobbered it with their car, necessitating dragging the older one out of retirement as a replacement.


Anonymous said...

Dan, Just wondering, Why does the picture from 2013 have a green field in the background, while your picture from 2016 have some older looking buildings in it ?? Bill N

Dan Brady said...

Hi Bill! That's a real good question. I know that it is the same burgundy building but I'm beginning to wonder if the sign was in a different position or even on a different street relative to the building. My memory is pretty lousy, but the sign may have been on Main Street as opposed to the main highway; I 'll see if I can figure it out by reviewing the aerials.

Dan Brady said...

Another theory is that my photo is much older than I thought. The date on it was 2016 but it was in a 2011 pictures folder on my iMac--not sure what that means!