Category: Signs

Stumblin’ Upon Some Backroad Petroliana

Stumblin’ Upon Some Backroad Petroliana

In October of 2018, I spent some time bumming around on the Bonneville. My meandering route took me down through Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee and Kentucky before I started making my way back east to New York through West Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania.

Not having a set route or a plan is my usual road trip vibe. I leave home with a general sense of where I want to go or things I might want to visit. But, other than that I try to leave myself wiggle room to add and subtract along the way. After all, it is a big gorgeous world out there. You never know what wonderful thing is waiting for you around the next corner.

Not long after visiting the husk of the Underwood & Petty Service Station in Strawberry Plains, Tennessee, I had to slam on the brakes and pull a quick U-y to get a good look at this building:

I can’t say for sure whether this was an actual business or just the trappings of a collector-type. Looking at the details on the building and the “fire door” sign through the window, maybe it did operate as a store of some type. Whatever the case may be, it was nice to stumble across it.

Sadly, I have no stinkin’ idea where it is. I’d be only too glad to share the location. For now, it’ll have to remain a mystery.

Great Sign: Welcome to Pennsylvania

Great Sign: Welcome to Pennsylvania

Over the course of a lifetime, we pass lots of welcome signs. They’re on stores and parks, at state and country borders. I like stopping to document the border crossings with photos.

As my friend Jamie mentioned recently, in addition to the welcome sign, some states will also follow up with some “no” signs – no littering, no radar detectors, no transporting cantankerous llamas across state lines. In other words, no fun. Those follow-up signs can be unwelcoming.

While entering the state of Pennsylvania from Maryland, I saw this great welcome sign message: Pursue your happiness.

Pennsylvania is doin’ it right!

Location:
https://goo.gl/maps/9UhD9wX8YrE2

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