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Muted Welcome to Pennsylvania

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On the interstate highways, Pennsylvania welcomes visitors with large signs that seek to brand the state with whatever image campaign is in vogue.

When I lived in Pennsylvania, the theme was “America starts here.” The current signs sport the slogan “State of Independence.”

But off the interstate the welcome is a bit more, shall we say, low key.

This sign on U.S. Route 20 on the Pennsylvania-New York border welcomes you but doesn’t describe the state.

But at least the border is marked. I was on a back road that crossed the Pennsylvania-Ohio border southeast of Youngstown, Ohio, that had no sign denoting the state line. No welcome to Pennsylvania. No welcome to Ohio.

I figured out I was in Pennsylvania when most of the cars I saw parked at homes along the side of the road had Pennsylvania license plates.


Written by csanders429

September 30, 2016 at 5:46 am

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