NORTH End: Stop sign, IA 44 and M66, Kimballton, Audubon County

Facing north on 36

Prior to 1980, 173 was a short spur that happened to cross a county line. Today, 173 and 175 are the only highways between 166 and 181 that still exist. For approximately two months in 1930, this road was IA 169, changed when the Highway Commission found out that US 169 would be brought through Iowa later in the year.

Facing north on 173

Facing west on 44

Facing west on 44

Facing west on 44

Facing east on 44

Facing east on 44

The mileage sign leaving Kimballton on 44 has Des Moines as its last line, a remnant from when IA 64 was on this route and went through Des Moines.

Two blocks south of 173's north end, near downtown Kimballton, is a Little Mermaid statue that is a reminder of the area's Danish heritage.

I can't put my finger on it, but something appears to be missing in this picture.

SOUTH End: Stop sign/T intersection, IA 83, Cass County

Facing south on 173

Facing south on 173

Facing west on 83

Facing west on 83

The I-80 shields are additions since 2006.

Facing east on 83

Warning: Beware of sharp curves coming up on 83 east of this intersection into Atlantic.

Closeup of signage in above picture

Pictures by me: First-ninth and 15th, 5/7/06; tenth-fourteenth, 4/15/09

Page created 7/10/06; last updated 7/20/09

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