ROAD SIGNS OF NEBRASKA

All photos taken by Mark O'Neil unless otherwise noted

Updated March 29, 2002

INTERSTATE SIGNS

Interstate sign with "NEBRASKA". These are being phased out and are becoming increasingly scarce on the road. (Photo by Joe Koehler).

US HIGHWAY SIGNS

(June 1926) Why are all of these men standing around this sign assembly in Lincoln? According to the Nebraska Dept. of Roads website, this was the first sign assembly in Nebraska. The US sign is black on white while the NE sign is black on yellow. By the 1940's, NE signs were painted black on white. This assembly features US-38 which would be a defunct US highway within a few years.

(June 1926) Directional signs in Lincoln. Both photos are from the NDOR website.

US highway marker from the 60's - 70's. Nebraska was one of the last states to remove the state name from its US route markers. The "BUSINESS" sign was hastily added later. (Photo by Joe Koehler)

STATE HIGHWAY SIGNS

Current state road sign in use since 1967. Original signs did not say "NEBRASKA" at the top. This sign is aluminum and uses high intensity sheeting. (My collection)

Current three-digit signs feature an extended trapazoid. (Photo by Joe Koehler).

State route shields on big green signs omit the word "NEBRASKA". BGS's are used as junction signs at intersections (Photo by Joe Koehler).

Diamond signs were used from 1926 - 67. This sign was used after 1948. It has the area below the wagon opened up to fit a larger number. It also has an embossed border while the rest of the sign is screened (Photo by Mike Summa).

This diamond sign was featured on EBay a while back. According to the owner, this sign is dated 1936 on the back (Owner unknown).

SECONDARY HIGHWAY SIGNS

Secondary routes are link and spur routes. Link routes serve as a connection between two numbered routes. Spur routes connect a town and a numbered route. The number refers to the county numbered in alphebetical order. The suffix letter actually "numbers" the route. Spur and Link routes first appeared on the 1971 Official Highway Map. Prior to that, secondary routes were just straight numbers. (Photo by Joe Koehler)

Current style spur route. (Photo by Joe Koehler).

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