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A Photo Tour Of The United States
Through Twin Cities City Street Signs


Introduction Many cities use a naming scheme for city streets in order to make the street arrangement easier to remember. Minneapolis has a number of segments where street names are in alphabetical order. In other areas, names of trees and famous generals are used. One that interests me is the series in the northwest metro area that is named after US States, and a second group named after US States in northeast Saint Paul. Here is a photo tour of those street signs.

Alabama Street Sign Alaska Street Sign Arizona Street Sign
Alabama Ave in the western suburbs of Minneapolis.

Alaska Ave in Saint Paul. Arizona St in Lonsdale, MN.
Arkansas Street Sign California Street Sign Colorado Street Sign
Arkansas Ave in Inver Grove Heights.

California Ave in Minneapolis. Colorado Ave in the western suburbs of Minneapolis.
Connecticut Street Sign Delaware Street Sign Florida Street Sign
Connecticut St in Hutchinson, MN.

Delaware Ave in Minneapolis. Florida Ave in the western suburbs of Minneapolis.
Georgia Street Sign Hawaii Street Sign Idaho Street Sign
Georgia Ave in the western suburbs of Minneapolis.

Hawaii St in Willmar, MN. Idaho Ave in the western suburbs of Minneapolis.
Illinois Street Sign Indiana Street Sign Iowa Street Sign
Illinois Ave in Lakeville. Indiana Ave in the western suburbs of Minneapolis.

Iowa Ave in Saint Paul.
Kansas Street Sign Kentucky Street Sign Louisiana Street Sign
Kansas Ave in Saint Paul. Kentucky Ave in the western suburbs of Minneapolis.

Louisiana Ave in the western suburbs of Minneapolis.
Maine Street Sign Maryland Street Sign Massachusetts Street Sign
Maine St in Bayport, MN, just east of the Twin Cities.

Maryland Ave in the western suburbs of Minneapolis. Massachusetts is not a street in the Twin Cities area.
Michigan Street Sign Minnesota Street Sign Mississippi Street Sign
Michigan Ave in Saint Paul. Minnesota Drive in Edina. Mississippi Drive in Brooklyn Park.

Missouri Street Sign Montana Street Sign Nebraska Street Sign
Missouri is not a street in the Twin Cities area.

Montana Ave in Saint Paul. Nebraska Ave in Saint Paul.
Nevada Street Sign New Hampshire Street Sign New Jersey Street Sign
Nevada Ave in the western suburbs of Minneapolis. New Hampshire is represented by Hampshire Ave in the western suburbs of Minneapolis. New Jersey is represented by Jersey Ave in the western suburbs of Minneapolis.
New Mexico Street Sign New York Street Sign North Carolina Street Sign
New Mexico is not a street in the Twin Cities area. New York Ave in Minneapolis. North Carolina is represented by Carolina St NE in Hutchinson, MN.
North Dakota Street Sign Ohio Street Sign Oklahoma Street Sign
North Dakota is represented by Dakota St NW in Anoka, MN.

Ohio Ave in Saint Paul. Oklahoma is not a street in the Twin Cities area.
Oregon Street Sign Pennsylvania Street Sign Rhode Island Street Sign
Oregon Ave in the western suburbs of Minneapolis. Pennsylvania Ave in the western suburbs of Minneapolis. Rhode Island Ave in the western suburbs of Minneapolis.
South Carolina Street Sign South Dakota Street Sign Tennessee Street Sign
South Carolina is represented by Carolina St SW in Willmar, MN. South Dakota is represented by Dakota Ave S in the western suburbs of Minneapolis. Tennessee Dr in Sartell, MN, near the city of Saint Cloud.
Texas Street Sign Utah Street Sign  Vermont Street Sign
Texas Ave in the western suburbs of Minneapolis.

Utah Ave in the western suburbs of Minneapolis. Vermont Ave in the western suburbs of Minneapolis.
Virginia Street Sign Washington Street Sign West Virginia Street Sign
Virginia Ave in the western suburbs of Minneapolis.

Washington Ave downtown Minneapolis. West Virginia Ave in Savage, MN.
Wisconsin Street Sign Wyoming Street Sign
Wisconsin Ave in the western suburbs of Minneapolis.

Wyoming Ave in the western suburbs of Minneapolis.

Note that not all states have streets named after them in the twin cities metro area. Also, some street names are duplicated between cities. Streets in Minneapolis have been given preference in those cases. Some state names are shortened, such as Hampshire for New Hampshire and Jersey for New Jersey. North and South Dakota are both represented by Dakota St NW and Dakota Ave S, respectively. That still leaves four states that are not honored by having a Twin Cities area city street named after them.

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