Highway names

Peter A. McGraw pmcgraw at LINFIELD.EDU
Tue Jun 10 18:54:36 UTC 2003

There have been discussions on this list in the past about the Southern
California use of the definite article with Interstate highway
numbers--e.g., "The Five," which becomes just "Five" or "I-5" somewhere
between LA and San Francisco, and remains so as far as the Canadian border
as far as I know.

On a trip to Kansas this past week I discovered another variant of highway
terminology that I hadn't encountered before.  Here in Oregon we speak of
"Highway 99," and that's the usage everywhere else I've lived, to the best
of my recollection.

In Bucklin, Kansas, I asked directions and was told that my destination lay
somewhere north on "154 Highway" (not "Highway 154").  Later I noticed a
sign at an intersection southwest of Hutchinson that identified the road I
was on as "KS 61 Highway" (as opposed to "KS Highway 61" or "SR 61").

Is this usage peculiar to Kansas, or is it more widespread?

Peter Mc.

Peter A. McGraw       Linfield College        McMinnville, Oregon
******************* pmcgraw at linfield.edu ************************

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