The State Highway Signs Quiz

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Most people, when they’re giving directions, describe all highways with the uncomplicated prefix “Route” (pronounced as root or rawte, according to taste). Take Route 85 for a few miles, then merge on Route 151, then south on Route 16. As a kid who loved atlases, though, I’ve always taken a geeky interest in the different highway-numbering systems which characterize our federal system. There are the unmistakeable blue-and-red shields of the Interstate Highways, and the sherrif’s-badge shields of the U. S. Highway System. National Forests have their own shield system, as do Indian reservations.

But because the majority of the nation’s highway network is managed by the states, we also have a wonderful patchwork of state, county, and local highway designations. A handful of states—including many of the earliest to number their roads—copped out with rather boring square or circular signs. Many of the others, however, realized that highway signs (like license plates) were an ordinary but ubiquitous part of the cultural landscape—perfect places to flaunt a bit of state pride. So they came up with a hodgepodge of unique shields, each of which must meet two standards: a simple enough shape for speeding motorists to recognize, and a unique enough symbol to represent the state.

If you’ve driven through the country, you’ve seen many of them before—they’ve imprinted themselves on the back of your brain hundreds, or perhaps thousands, of times. But can you remember them? land that i live challenges you to test your memory in our new State Highway Signs Quiz! (Make sure your volume is on if you enjoy FUN.)


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