(July 1, 1920-1984)

WEST End: Stop sign, US 69, Polk County

Facing west on 87

Photo by Jason Hancock

One of the original highways commissioned in 1920 (hence the two-digit spur), in the last portion of its life 87 was split by I-35. The brown sign is for Big Creek State Park.

Facing west on 87

Photo by Jason Hancock

Facing north on 69

Photo by Jason Hancock

*Original Number, Original End*

EAST End: Grant Ave./NE 46th St./R70, Elkhart, Polk County

Facing east on 87

Photo by Jason Hancock

According to county maps, this is smack in the middle of Elkhart, pop. 362. In reality, this intersection defines the southeast corner of the developed area. This is exactly four miles east of US 69.

Photo by Jason Hancock

This sign set, on the pole in the above photo, marks both the Elkhart (bottom) and Polk County (top) names for the streets; the latter is simply a countywide extension of Des Moines' street system. While this is supposed to be R70, Polk County does NOT sign its county roads.

*Original Number, Original End*

Last seen: 1984 (1983 map)

(courtesy Jason Hancock)

Since 1984, old 87 (now F22) has been paved and so has R70 from Elkhart to IA 931 (the black line at the bottom).

All pictures by Jason Hancock: 1/19/03

Page created 2/22/03; last updated 1/10/04

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