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11/14/2012 6:00:00 AM
Reader Letter: Signs, boundaries don't line up

On Route 66 southbound into Kingman at milepost 68 is a sign, presumably placed by ADOT, that reads "Kingman 14." That would start Kingman at milepost 54 - just where East Beale Street cuts off from Andy Devine.

Then, at about mile 63.2 (4.8 miles from milepost 68) is another sign reading "Kingman 6" and would start Kingman at milepost 57 - just north of the I-40 in front of the Greyhound station.

Is the measurement on these information signs in kilometers? Or rods? Or leagues? Or is this an example of the caliber of instruction provided by the Arizona education system?

D.B. Mitchell

Valley Vista


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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, November 22, 2012
Article comment by: Az Brat

D. B. Mitchell had a question about mileage signs veres mile post markers. They are two entirely different markers. Milage to a particular detination is just that. Mile post marker are the entire state and serve to advise law enforcement officers a particular point of need for accidents, criminal activity and other neccesities of the assistance. Mile post marker are a good tool and help law enforcement to know where to head to and save time for those in need and the agencies of particular areas. If a person can tell a dispatcher you are or it is north ,south,east or west of mile post such and such it helps officers to be better informed of a point where they are needed. When I traver I try to notice a mile post ever so often so if necessary I can give a more accurate area of where I am.

Posted: Thursday, November 15, 2012
Article comment by: The Independent County of Arizona???

And we trust this state to be its own country?

Posted: Thursday, November 15, 2012
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew

“I'm surprised you think Mr. Mitchell asked a dumb question since you or your alias name ‘Bob Moore’ said that you have authored a few books on Route 66. Why don't you tell us if the sign is accurate or not?”

I have authored multiple books on Route 66 along with literally hundreds of articles As to highway mileage signs this whine is nothing new. As a rule (but rarely followed) mileages are shown to the center of a town or city. I have commented in my guidebooks that those mileages should not be considered as accurate. An example is mileage approaching Okalahoma City that on the one hand measured to the geographic center of the city and on the other measured to the State Capitol.

And I would like for you to point exactly where in my response did I say Mr Mitchell’s question was “dumb?”


Posted: Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Article comment by: Doing Research

It's a government cover up! Obama, the socialist Muslim overlord from another dimension is using your tax dollars to shrink Kingman so that he can sell the land BACK to hard-working Americans!

Really though, why do people not jump to conclusion on this but do on everything else?


Posted: Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Article comment by: KDM online reader only

Mr. Mitchell:

That is a good question, which you should ask ADOT for an explanation.

Anson's Nephew:

I'm surprised you think Mr. Mitchell asked a dumb question since you or your alias name "Bob Moore" said that you have authored a few books on Route 66. Why don't you tell us if the sign is accurate or not?


Posted: Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Article comment by: just a fact

I think Mr. Mitchell needs a hobby other than griping about petty, unimportant things.

Posted: Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Article comment by: David Gaither

Anson's Nephew wrote:

"Sometimes - but not often - I am astounded at what people will show up here whining about."

Such as your whinning about people whinning, huh? Besides, who cares if you are astounded, or not??


Posted: Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Article comment by: East- West

Why do people insist a saying Rt 66 north and south? It runs EAST-WEST. Yes, the route curves NE through parts of Kingman, but so does I-40. Should they change the signs every time a road curves? ie: I-40 north next 6 miles? Just like the 40, Rt 66, and millions of other roads deviate direction in certain locations. The origin of Rt 66 is in the east, and the destination is in the west. Lets just call it as it was designated.

Posted: Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Article comment by: Trained Observer

The same sign placers also put ones on I-40 that announce that Kingman is either 50 miles or 51 miles away from a designated point. Of which, one has to be wrong.

Posted: Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew

Sometimes - but not often - I am astounded at what people will show up here whining about.

A question? Who cares? Is either sign functionally incorrect? After follwing the highway which sign does not put you in Kingman?


Posted: Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Article comment by: Kingman Resident

I have a question for Mr. Mitchell....WHO CARES??!!



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