ROAD SIGNS OF MANITOBA

All photos taken by Mark O'Neil unless otherwise noted

TRANS CANADA HIGHWAY SIGNS

(May 2000) Whiteshell, MB. Trans Canada 1 sign. The Trans Canada highway was finished around 1961. Maple leaf signs like this one were place along the highway. Most provinces chose to place their provincial route number within the maple leaf. Ontario and Quebec kept the maple leaf empty.

(May 2000) Somewhere in MB. Trans Canada 16 sign. This route is also known as the Yellowhead route which runs from Winnipeg to the Queen Charlotte Islands in BC.

Older Yellowhead sign with the number within the head. The Yellowhead route first appears on the 1971 Manitoba official map as trunk route 4. In 1979, it was changed to trunk route 16. In 1990, it was designated a Trans Canada highway; thus, the "16" was removed from the Yellowhead sign and placed within the maple leaf. (Collection of Andrew Osborne)

TRUNK HIGHWAY SIGNS

(May 2000) Dauphin, MB. Current style provinical trunk route sign. These signs were introduced in the mid-1980's.

(June 1995) Vita, MB. Older style trunk and provincial road signs used between the 1960's and the mid-1980's. The older trunk signs are becoming increasingly scarce on the roads.

Older embossed trunk highway sign. The number and the bison are reflective with finely crushed glass. Unfortunately, the paint fell off the bison's head and he was shot in the rear. This sign is dated 1953 on back. (Collection of Andrew Osborne)

This sign probably dates from the 1940's. Again the number and the bison are reflective. Manitoba trunk route 1 signs no longer exist - the "1" is now placed inside the Trans Canada maple leaf signs. (Collection of Andrew Osborne)

The original! This sign is probably from the 1920's or 30's. Note the larger bison and square corners. This sign is not reflective. (Collection of Andrew Osborne)

(June 2000) Emerson, MB. Trunk and secondary signs on a gantry, along with a U.S. interstate sign. The sign on the left is for a truck weigh station.

PROVINCIAL ROAD SIGNS

(May 2000) Somewhere in MB. Current style of the secondary Provincial Road series. This style was phased in during the late 1980's.

Older style of Provincial Road signs. These older signs are still fairly common on Manitoba roads. These secondary routes appear for the first time on the 1966-67 Manitoba official map (My collection)

WINNIPEG CITY ROUTE SIGNS

(May 2000) Winnipeg, MB. To help travellers find their way along the main routes through Winnipeg, a city route system was developed in the 1960's. This is its sign.

(May 2000) Winnipeg, MB. City route and maple leaf signs on a gantry.

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