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Welcome To Case's Column

Let me say a big welcome to all of you for joining me here. I'm going to call these blog meetings Case's Column. I wanted to use "Corner", but that was already taken. Since 2008, it's been a real privilege to come on here and share some of my life with you, and it's a big world where we live.

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Highway Signs In Texas See The Reciprocation Unfold

Posted 06-15-2020 at 10:59 AM by case44

I'm amazed that this display hadn't happened before just recently. Interstate 10 now has reminders at both ends that Texas really is a large state.

For years, Southeast Texas saw a mileage indicator that told travelers coming in from Louisiana that it's going to be a long, long way to El Paso from the point that they're at. The westbound sign near Orange read this: Beaumont 23, El Paso 857. That's right, sports fans. Eight hundred and fifty-seven. That's basically sixteen to seventeen hours of travel, unless, of course, you get stuck in Houston.

Well, now, let's go to the other end of the state, at Anthony, Texas, just outside of El Paso at the New Mexico state line. Eastbound I-10 had not had a mileage indicator with a distance to El Paso for years. Someone at the Texas Department of Transportation finally realized what that spot doesn't have. When I looked on Google Street View at the explosive changes in the El Paso area in recent years (at least, with its infrastructure), it appears that TXDOT has rectified the situation. A new sign greets travelers coming to El Paso from New Mexico after you pass Exit 0, and it reads like this: El Paso 18, Beaumont 852. There's a word for that: Reciprocation.

I would have included Houston on both mileage indicators, since, after all, you might as well be told how far you are from Texas' largest city. But this recent change is a big reminder to a lot of folks about the bigness of the Lone Star State. Sooner or later, El Paso was going to do this.
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    Saw the Anthony, TX sign last summer in person. Can only imagine the reactions of some first-time cross-country drivers when they see that.

    Posted 06-17-2020 at 12:08 AM by shoe01 shoe01 is offline
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    Just for fun, shoe, I thought about what might happen if I-27 ever gets built near Laredo. Imagine a northbound sign saying San Angelo 320, Lubbock 524, Amarillo 648....

    Yes, it could happen....
    Posted 06-17-2020 at 04:44 PM by case44 case44 is online now

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