Wednesday, 9 September 2009

090909 Milepost

Mileposts are wonderful things. They are so functional. So photogenic. All too often, so forgotten. Here is our local one. It is the 1930s equivalent of the little map-pin icon that appears on Google Maps when you look somewhere up. But it is solid. Lasting. Rooted in reality and not virtual reality.

5 comments:

Sunny said...

I love all these reminders of days before Mapquest and Google. It probably will be around a lot longer too!
Sunny :)

The Retired One said...

Cool. Right up here with headstones!
Do you know how old it is?

Rita said...

Just noticed the date on the top of your post. 090909. It did not occur to me today (well yesterday now) that we would have to wait another hundred years for that to happen again.

Love the mile marker. Never seen anything like it in my part of the country.

So much nicer then all the flashing electronics these days.

► Abraham Lincoln said...

Thanks for visiting my Pick a Peck of Pixels blog and for commenting there about fountain pens.

I have not seen one of our mile posts lately, but I would think you guys might have some of the early Roman mile markers.

The one you have shown is not that much different from some of our markers along US Route 40.

Along the route, not far from where we live, in the side ditch is a flat rock that somebody stepped on when it was soft sandy clay and left a perfect footprint. Now, the same footprint is part of a large boulder buried beside the road by Nature. Sometimes we look at it.

L. D. Burgus said...

It is a fascinating part of history. Our old roads here were dirt, even in town, so I am sure we don't have them. I do know that when they started to survey properties that they did put in metal posts, ground level with a stamp on it, or now concrete with stamps of authenticity on them.