Baltimore Sun
The signs, they are a-changing
Far from the pomp of the inaugural, Maryland's interstate 'welcome' signs get a quick, unceremonious update

By Joe Burris
January 18, 2007

... State welcome signs are a big deal for some people, including a few who travel to the various states collecting photos of them for personal Web sites.

"This is how all welcome signs should be: easy to get on and off the freeway and right on the actual state line (not miles down the road)," Brian Schick, of Saline, Mich., wrote of Maryland's I-83 welcome on his Web site, "It has an unconventional shape with the semi-circle top and prominently features its state flag, which I think is the best in the country."

Roger Nelson's Web site of welcome-sign photos from every state ( includes a Maryland Welcomes You sign from Highway 140 outside Emmitsburg, taken in the summer of 2005, that does not include the governor's name. Collecting state welcome sign photos, said Nelson of St. Paul, Minn., is "like collecting anything else, but it's places rather than objects."

Not every state includes the name of its governor on its welcome sign (one less thing for highway crews to worry about every four or eight years). Ohio, for instance, includes the names of both the governor and lieutenant governor, while Virginia's says only "Virginia Welcomes You."...
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