(April 27, 1938-1981)

WEST End: 1st St., Packwood, Jefferson County

Facing south, but heading west, on 356

Photo by Jason Hancock

Jason writes, "This is at the intersection of 2nd and Main streets in Packwood. Mile markers 4, 5, and 6 are still up, as is the post for 2. This is two blocks south and two blocks west of the junction of County Roads H17 and V63; 356 entered town via 4th Street but the pavement narrowed just after the turn onto Main. Since I had a little ways to go based on the mileage from the remaining mile markers, I turned onto Main and 'mile 0' happened to be at 2nd." This is also in the area of Packwood's businesses. However, primary route sufficiency logs indicate that the road into downtown, which went one more block into the background, was given to Packwood in 1980.

Packwood is also home to a strangely named school district. It is not simply a hyphenated Pekin-Packwood School District (Pekin is to the northwest). It is the Pekin School District of Packwood or, as commonly written, it's "Pekin (Packwood)" similar to how, say, "West Marshall (State Center)" would be the shorthand of that district. The only answer I have for this oddity: Do not ask why. It just is.

EAST End: Stop sign, IA 1, Jefferson County

Facing east on 356 with DOT-style "No Passing Zone" sign

Photo by Jason Hancock

LGS (DOT-style) in above picture

Photo by Jason Hancock

Facing north on 1

Facing north on 1

Photo by Jason Hancock

Last seen: 1982 (1981 map)

Pictures by Jason Hancock: First-third and fifth, 3/16/03

Fourth picture by me: 5/10/05

Page created 9/6/03; last updated 4/14/10

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