This week's edition of Throwback Thursday brings us to the Canadian Maritimes. In September 2008, I first stepped foot on the shores of Nova Scotia (a place I wanted to visit ever since I was a young lad) after taking a ferry from Portland, Maine to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. On this photo taken while walking around Yarmouth, I encountered some of the different types of road signs that you'll find within the province. The route shields that look similar to U.S. route shields are for Nova Scotia Trunk Routes 1 and 3, which are provincial highways. the NS 101 and NS 103 shields are for highways that are more similar to the Eisenhower Interstate System in the U.S., although Nova Scotia includes a mix of freeways and other limited access highways.
Recently I made a visit to Universal Studios near Los Angeles. While on the back lot tour I came across a piece of infamous movie-borne fictional highway infamy; the location of town square of Hill Valley, California on US Route 8/US Route 395. The above photo is part of the intro scene to the first Back-to-the-Future movie which was set in 1985. To anyone who follows roadways the signage error of US 8 meeting US 395 in California is an immediately notable error. For one; US 8 doesn't even exist anywhere near California with present alignment being signed as an east/west highway between Norway, Michigan and Forest Lake, Minnesota. To make matters worse US 8 is signed as a southbound route and US 395 (a north/south highway) is signed as an eastbound route. At minimum the cut-out US 8 and US 395 shields somewhat resemble what Caltrans used in the 1980s. Assuming Hill Valley is located on what would have been US 395 by 1985 what locales would be a viable real world analog?