Day 74

Something I always find amusing

June 8th, 2010

High-numbered streets in rural areas


  1. bullcitymama says:

    I find those amusing too- my grandparents live on a high-numbered street in rural Tonganoxie KS. When we go for a visit, I always expect to watch the ‘climb’ but it just starts out of the blue. i love the midwest. :)

  2. Barbara Kiviat says:

    You’d like Maricopa Co., Ariz.

  3. MjC says:

    I assume that’s how many miles you have to go to the next state border… In South Dakota at least, being at 252nd and 484th means you’re that far from the Northern and Western state lines. These big square states have little else going for them besides counting how many miles it takes to get through them.

  4. Andrew in VT says:

    Where I grew up in central Indiana the county roads were numbered outward by mile from the county courthouse, which was usually more-or-less in the center of the county. Thus County Road 450W was 4.5 miles from the county center. The road title sometimes varied by county (county road, highway, etc) as did the numbering system. If MN uses a similar system than perhaps 355th Street is 3.55 miles (or 35.5 or 355 – MN is pretty big) from the county center? Or maybe it’s just that dry Minnesota humor…

  5. Marty says:

    It’s not 355 blocks from 1st St in downtown Minneapolis?

  6. Angelica says:

    Apparently there’s like a 15000th St. in Riverton, Utah.

  7. Dean says:

    The street numbers are for 911 services. In rural areas, they help emergency vehicles find the house instead of knowing it is south on old highway 10 and then turn on the gravel road by the pond next to the old oak tree.

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