GR Van from MyLandofMisery correctly guessed the location of the photos as old US 166 west of Sarcoxie, MO. 166 originally ran from Springfield, MO to South Haven, KS. However, in the early to mid 1960's, much of its Missouri alignment (from near Mt Vernon, heading west) was paralleled by Interstate 44, rendering 166 redundant.
If you look closely at the original photos, you can see where 166 was cut off by I-44. The 2 maps scans below show US 166 as it was in 1959 and in 1963. In 1963, I-44 was still under construction in many area, but had already cut-off part of 166.
A few years later, 166 would have its route shortened to just one mile in Missouri.
Much of what was once US 166 still exists and is driveable, but you can't always rely on a highway map to find it. Sometimes, it takes a little "detective work". I found this section almost by accident: I spotted it from I-44 and thought it might be old 166, but I didn't know for sure until I checked some old maps. Sometimes, though, you just have to hit the road and look for it.
Thursday, October 04, 2007
Monday, October 01, 2007
Roadgeeking consists of many things from following a road to see where it leads, finding old bridges , even tracking down old, abandoned roadways. The two photos above are such an example: the road has been abandoned and all but forgotten. BUT, where is it? Ahhhh, I can't say or at least I won't right now. ;)
Some of you may recognize this right away. Some of you have probably seen it, but never knew what it was.
What I am asking is if you know where this is or if you think you know, leave your best guess in the comments or write me directly at us71 at cox.net . I am also crossposting this quiz to misc.transport.road on usenet so you can also answer there. Later in the week, I'll post the correct answer and the names of anyone who guessed correctly.