…and other miscellany.

Last Updated: July 21, 2020

Special Thanks

I wouldn’t have been able to create this blog, or any aspect of Beaver State Roads, without assistance from these awesome people and organizations throughout the years:

  • Laura Wilt – Librarian, ODOT 1
  • Jim Gavin – Straightline Chart Coordinator, ODOT
  • Steven Reed – Traffic Engineering Section, ODOT
  • Bob Cullen – Information Resource Manager, AASHTO
  • Tom Campbell – Vice President, Nehalem Valley Historical Society
  • Steven Gibson – Archives, Nehalem Valley Historical Society
  • AARoads Forums
  • misc.transport.road (back in the day)


I do my best to cite the sources of my information. Unless I mention the source in its entirety within the blog post (e.g. “according to the June 1972 straightline chart”), there will be a footnote that links to and displays the citation. However, I am human and don’t always have access to every bit of information there may be on a topic. If you’re able to support or refute any of the statements with verifiable evidence, remove the spam filter and email me the details. Once I review it, I will go back and correct my earlier posts and pages and credit you for providing the correction or addition. I thank you in advance for the help.

Photo Attribution

Other than the photos from my own personal collection, I will attribute any third-party photo with their name, date taken and link to the photographer’s site if applicable. I do my best to only use the ones with shareable licenses or that I otherwise have the right to display. Again, I make mistakes, so please send me an email and we can work something out.

Conversely, if you would like to provide me with photos or additional context that was otherwise unable to find, don’t hesitate to email me with that information either. I will credit you, of course, and be really appreciative — especially if any of them were taken by Michael Summa.

Note that I consider photos taken in an official capacity by the Oregon Department of Transportation, its employees, its contractors or any equivalent historical entities to be owned by the state government, and therefore in the public domain. Photos taken in an official capacity by the United States Government, its branches, its employees or its contractors are also considered public domain works. In addition, any photo or document created earlier than 1925 is considered a public domain work in the United States, where this blog is located. I will cite any photos or documents to the appropriate jurisdiction, agency and photographer/creator (if known), along with any other pertinent information.

As far as my own photographs goes, you are free to download, use, re-distribute or remix them in a non-commercial roadgeek context, provided that:

  1. You give credit to me,
  2. You link back to the image and/or the page it was on, and
  3. If you altered it, you mention that it was altered and how.

Examples of okay non-commercial roadgeek usage includes storing it in your personal photo collection, posting it to a Facebook group or using it on your own non-paywalled roadgeek site. (Donation links, crowdfunding campaigns et al. on your site are okay.) All I ask is to let me know where you use it.

If you wish to use it in a commercial roadgeek context (such as, but not limited to, publishing it inside of a book, using it on a paywalled site or directly as part of a crowdfunding campaign, etc.), that will probably be okay. However, you’ll need to ask permission from me directly first to discuss compensation. Chances are I’ll be cool with a copy of the book, swag or some sort of membership, but you will still need to contact me prior to use.

Non-roadgeek requests for usage will be approved or denied on a case-by-case basis. Simply contact me to show me what you got.

In any context you are not allowed to use my photos to harass, demean or insult myself or others, or to portray myself or others in a negative light.

Highway Fonts

The FHWA family of fonts are adapted by the FHWA’s Standard Alphabets (2000 version linked). As a specification of the United States Government, the alphabets are considered public domain, making these fonts also public domain. I will make these fonts available for download from here in the future, and be updating them on occasion.

The US Highways ’26 font is an update of the US Highways Old Style font, copyright © 2000 Bruce S. Crindlebaugh, licensed and updated with permission.

Since the state of Oregon doesn’t officially use it, and because I refuse to acknowledge its reapproval by the FHWA, I won’t be using Clearview or a derivative on this site.


  1. Photos on History of the Newberg-Dundee Bypass, Part 1: How We Got Here