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March 6, 2014 at 6:01 AM

What’s the world coming to? Classic farm signs replaced in Skagit Valley

The classic sign.

The classic sign.

The new sign.

The new sign.

The Skagit Valley is one of my favorite parts of the world, and I have frequent occasion to drive its back roads. I’m a fan of how they label farm fields with the crop planted there, and now they even have the Talking Fields program, with signs marking farmlands of interest where you can scan a code with your smartphone or dial a number to learn some local history.

And I’ve always gotten a kick out of the old-fashioned “Share the Road” highway signs with a picture of a jaunty, straw-hatted farmer driving a tractor that looks like it might be a 1958 John Deere. It’s endearingly geeky.

But some godless highway engineer has gotten a toehold in the valley with a new version of the sign. Instead of the old tractor, they’ve subbed a super-modern contraption that looks more like an armored personnel carrier. No driver. No hat.

It’s just wrong.

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Comments | Topics: farm signs, road signs, Skagit Valley

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