After spending the past few days exploring the countryside of Western New York, Northeast Ohio and Western Pennsylvania, I decided that this week's Throwback Thursday would pay homage to an August 2004 trip that I made to the Keystone State. I had taken PA 28 on my way northeast from Pittsburgh and encountered a bunch of old signage along the way from Pittsburgh to Kittanning. The aging, button copy signs have since been replaced. This particular example is on PA 28 northbound at the Blawnox exit, near Aspinwall and Blawnox. It even looks like the Exit 9 may have been tacked on the sign as an afterthought.
Before I moved to Upstate New York as a young man, I grew up in the Long Island town of Smithtown during the 1980s and 1990s. The recognizable symbol of Smithtown is a bronze statue of a bull named Whisper, located at the junction of NY Route 25 and NY Route 25A near the bridge over the Nissequogue River. Why a bull, you may ask. The bull is a symbol of a legend related to the town's founding in 1665 by Richard "Bull" Smythe, with a modernized name of Richard Smith. It also so happens that there is a story behind the legend, one that involves ancient land right transfers and some modern day roads as well. So the story goes that Smythe made an agreement with a local Indian tribe where Smythe could keep whatever land he circled around in a day's time riding atop his trusty bull. Choosing the longest day of the year for his ride, he set out with his bull Whisper and went about riding around the borders of the Town of Smithtown. As legend has it, Smythe t