Roadside Rhetoric
Whatever their message or method, curbside commentators
add entertainment (and sometimes food for thought) to a road trip.

From Alaska in the summer of 2008: This sign in the front yard of a home on the Elliott Highway, north of Fairbanks, pretty much said it all during a time of very high gas prices.

If you blinked, you would miss Swaledale, Iowa, if not for the amusing (and timely) signs along the road. These photos were taken in 2002, 2008 and 2012, and are a commentary on both the past and the present.

From a Texas ranch in the spring of 2008, a message to the country.

And from a South Dakota ranch, a double message for motorists.

On U.S. Highway 54 at Mullinville, Kansas, are hundreds of wind sculptures. Lots of very pointed messages, too, on the part of the artist. But this is a family website :-), so there are no close-ups of some of the more (shall we say) risque commentary. Go by and see for yourself, or use Google.

Wow. It seems that somebody in Putnam County, West Virginia, has a beef. Don't know the particulars of whatever set this person off (and I really don't want to know).

A little bit of everything from this roadside commentator near Mulberry, Indiana.

Politicians should take heed of this road sign on the approach to scenic Dixville Notch, New Hampshire. It could be a warning about the uphill climb they'll face if the results of the famous "First in the Nation" Presidential primary don't go their way.

Churches are special places, but their marquees are even more meaningful in towns with names like Fearnot (in Pennsylvania); Halfway (in Missouri); and Improve (in Mississippi).

At the side of State Road 25 in rural southwest Iowa is Freedom Rock, a patriotic project by artist Ray "Bubba" Sorensen II. The first photo was shot about 10 years ago. Then, in May of 2009, I happened to be passing by when Bubba was painting a new scene. It was the 11th makeover since 1999, when Bubba created Freedom Rock's first facade.

Another expression of patriotism on U.S. 50 near Salem, West Virginia.