After recently covering indoor signs on my post about the National Neon Sign Museum, I thought I’d feature some unique roadside signs today.
A giant jackalope?
The first picture is of a unique animal of the Wild West. It’s a jackalope, part jackrabbit, part antelope. Maybe you’ve heard of them. Are they real or another legend of the West? Chainsaw carver Jarrett Dahl paid tribute to these animals in an impressive 40-foot sculpture near the iconic Wall Drug Store in Wall, South Dakota.
Completed in 2022, the jackalope is holding a sign that says, “Believe.” Though it looks like it’s just a big carving, it’s hollow inside with a stairway leading to a balcony. Inside, you’ll find carved jackalopes, murals, and 71 wood spirits, hidden within its cracks and crevices.
Devil’s Tower stories
The next sign is at the cafe and gift store by Devil’s Tower in Wyoming. You can see a bear next to the tower on the sign and the real tower in the background. In the oral stories of Native Americans, the tower formed in different ways. In several versions, a bear tries to claw its way to the peak, thereby creating its distinctive appearance.
Unique roadside signs with wings & wheels
The next two signs show an actual airplane and firetruck next to billboards. These eye-catching signs are for Firehouse Brewing Company in Rapid City, South Dakota. I liked the name “Smokejumper Stout” featured on one of the signs. This brewery, the oldest in the state, also features a restaurant and wines they create from a local vineyard.
The Metal Art Project
The next three signs featured the words “307 First.” I had no idea what that meant so I did a little research. This is part of the Metal Art Project. Their goal is to place 307 Western-themed metal art silhouettes along main highways in Wyoming.
As we zoomed across the state on Highway 20/26, I attempted to take drive-by pictures of a few of these pieces. You can see silhouettes of a stagecoach, buckaroo, and cowboy cooking over a campfire.
Caution! Antelopes ahead
I’m ending this post as I started it, sort of. The first picture was of a mythical, part antelope creature. The last one is to help protect real antelope, aka pronghorn. The sign says, “Caution. Antelope crossing highway at 55 mph.” If you’ve read my post about these animals, you know they are capable of running that fast.
Though it’s kinda hard to see, there’s another thing that makes this one of the unique roadside signs I chose to share. Someone wrote the word, “Gote” on the side of the pronghorn. Members of the Lewis and Clark expedition assumed they were goats at first. Nope, they are in their own family and unique, just like the featured signs shown on this post. 😁