— A Focus on Old Highway 61 Blog and Photos by Gail Gates

“A good ten years before the fact, Dylan was already out-punking Johnny Rotten.” 
― Mark Polizzotti, Highway 61 Revisited

Photographer Gail Gates holding her Old Hwy 61 Sign

Here’s how I see it…you’re driving along Old Highway 61, listening to music, bobbing your head, and feeling pretty darn good.  You notice an Old Highway 61 sign hanging off a building here, and a gas station there. Huh. They look retro and cool.  You wonder, Where do they get those?

Old Hwy 61 Sign on Gate with New Orleans directional sign

And then you start thinking about all the fun places you could hang one:
— In your office at home or at work. (That would be a great icebreaker when clients come in, right?)
–Off a shed, fence, barn, or man cave.
–You could strap it on your pontoon, RV, or cabin.

At this point your mind is humming as fast as a rendition of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s Flight Of The Bumblebee.

Heck, why stop at one sign? You could:
–Keep one for yourself AND send one to your motor head cousin.
–Or, how about your niece who is attending college and missing Minnesota?  She’d LOVE one.
— Oooooo your parents! They now live in a retirement village in Florida, and would cherish a reminder of their roots along Old Highway 61. (Didn’t Grandma Esther live on a farm near Willow River? Or was that Aunt Gladys? You really should attend more family reunions.)

Geez, you practically have your birthday/Father’s Day/Mother’s Day/Christmas lists for 2019 nailed! Yeah, this is good.

2017 presentation of sign to owners of Kaffee Stuga
Owners of Kaffe Stuga, Harris, MN

But again, where do they get those signs?

Well my friend, wonder no more. I am here to tell you the Old Highway 61 Coalition has received a fresh new shipment and they are selling fast. 

The cost, per sign, is…. drumroll…$61!*  Constructed of road-sign grade material, they will stand up to years of outdoors use.  (Should you choose to put it somewhere conspicuous just to up your cool-cat, in-the-know, “I have one and you don’t” status.)

You can pick one up at several locations along the Old Highway 61 route, or, the Coalition offers a flat rate shipping fee as well. Easy peasy. 

Interested? Contact:

 Old Highway 61 Coalition
P.O. Box 577, 6063 Main Street, North Branch, MN 55056
Office hours are Monday-Friday from 8AM-4PM

Okay, I am “signing” off now…

* In case you are wondering, the proceeds from these signs go towards the promotion of Old Highway 61, so it is win-win.