Tuesday, December 31, 2013

United States of America


New Year's Eve:  It's time to take stock of progress in documenting how places across the United States say Welcome.  Over the past two years, since January 30, 2012, 310 pictures of welcome signs have been posted from localities in 48 of the 50 states, plus one from the District of Columbia and one from the UK.  The map above catalogs the number of times each state has been represented in "Geographically Yours Welcome."

Welcome signs are one way places combat "placelessness."  Not only do they give our towns and cities a chance to introduce themselves with a name, they also offer opportunities to include other distinguishing information, including how old they are.  Unlike the bipeds who place the placards. localities love to let us know when they were founded or incorporated.

Monday, December 30, 2013

Rayne, Louisiana

Looking Back and Looking Forward:
Welcome to LaRayne, Louisiana, 2011.
Friends are Forever / Do Come Back!
We Have Been Expecting You!

Friday, December 27, 2013

Spruce Pine, North Carolina

Home of the Perfect Christmas Tree:
Welcome to Spruce Pine, North Carolina, 2009.
The Mineral City

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Spruce Pine, North Carolina

Home of the Perfect Christmas Tree:
Welcome to Downtown Spruce Pine, North Carolina, 2012.
The Mineral City / National Historic Registry

Monday, December 23, 2013

Spruce Pine, North Carolina

Home of the Perfect Christmas Tree:
Welcome to Spruce Pine, North Carolina, 2011.
The Mineral City

Friday, December 20, 2013

Brazil, Indiana

The World Comes to the Heartland: 
Welcome to Brazil, Indiana, 1998.
Home of the State Champions

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Morocco, Indiana

The World Comes to the Heartland: 
Welcome to Morocco, Indiana, 1999.
Home of Hoosier Hospitality

Monday, December 16, 2013

Friday, December 13, 2013

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Monday, December 9, 2013

Nunn, Colorado

In a Water-Tower Town:
Welcome to Nunn, Colorado, 2013.
Watch Nunn Grow / A Centennial Town

Friday, December 6, 2013

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Monday, December 2, 2013

St. George, South Carolina

Saints for the Advent Season:
Welcome to St. George, South Carolina, 2007.
The Town Of Friendly People

Friday, November 29, 2013

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Monday, November 25, 2013

Fairmont, North Dakota

A Fowl Hello:
Welcome to Fairmont, North Dakota, 2007.
Where the Sun Shines First in North Dakota

Friday, November 22, 2013

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Monday, November 18, 2013

South Williamsport, Pennsylvania

Compass South:
Welcome to South Williamsport, Pennsylvania, 2013.
Home of the Little League World Series

Friday, November 15, 2013

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Franklinville, New York

Where and Welcome: 
Welcome to Franklinville, New York, 2013.
Home of Kimberly Pressler / Miss U.S.A. 1999 / V.F.W. Post 9487

Monday, November 11, 2013

Friday, November 8, 2013

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Mars Hill, North Carolina

Brick Wall Welcome: 
Welcome to Mars Hill, North Carolina, 2012.
Home of Mars Hill College

Monday, November 4, 2013

Friday, November 1, 2013

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Monday, October 28, 2013

Mesquite, Nevada

Field Stone Welcome:  Welcome to Mesquite, Nevada, 2009.
. . . your future is here!

Friday, October 25, 2013

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Monday, October 21, 2013

Friday, October 18, 2013

Hicksville, Ohio

Add Churches to the Clutter: 
Welcome to Hicksville, Ohio, 2008.
Churches / Kiwanis Project 1985
Are service clubs churches? The one church sign is off to the side!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Cohocton, New York

Add Churches to the Clutter: 
Welcome to Cohocton, New York, 2013.
Cohocton DVPMT Corp

Monday, October 14, 2013

Friday, October 11, 2013

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Columbia, Tennessee

Service Club Clutter: 
Welcome to Columbia, Tennessee, 2010.
Old South Charm / New South Progress

Monday, October 7, 2013

Van Wert, Ohio

Service Club Clutter: 
Welcome to Van Wert, Ohio, 2008.
Van Wert Area Jaycees

Friday, October 4, 2013

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Monday, September 30, 2013

Friday, September 27, 2013

North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Celebrity Somebodies: 
Welcome to North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, 2012.
Hometown of Vanna White

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Pittsville, Maryland

Celebrity Somebodies: 
Welcome to Pittsville, Maryland, 2010.
Heartland of Delmarva
Birthplace of Drexel Truitt

Monday, September 23, 2013

Hamilton, Missouri

Celebrity Somebodies: 
Welcome to Hamilton, Missouri, 2008.
Boyhood Home of J. C. Penney

Friday, September 20, 2013

Johnson City, Texas

Is That a Welcome Sign?
Welcome to Johnson City, Texas, 2003.
Home Town of Lyndon B. Johnson

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Kanarraville, Utah

Is That a Welcome Sign? 
Welcome to Kanarraville, Utah, 2009.
Home of the Only All Women Fire Department 1961-1968

Monday, September 16, 2013

Friday, September 13, 2013

Raeford, North Carolina

City Seals: 
Welcome to Raeford, North Carolina, 2006.
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