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Roadside Mile Marker 666
A Simple Solution for Vandalism

Photos by Traveling Team Rudine
Over the years and across the nation, sign pilferage has been the bane of state and local highway departments. Determined vandals are like squirrels with bird feeders. No matter what precautions are taken, they will always find a way to commit their mischief.

In the case of Texas Mile Marker 666 on Interstate 10 – the theft may not have been committed just to have a souvenir to hang on a fraternity wall. Perhaps the missing signs were sprinkled with holy water and melted down by blowtorches. But whatever the reason for the disappearance, the marker has been removed far too many times for the Texas Department of Transportation.

The TXDOT solution was to leave the pole in place and attach a reflective striped generic “blank.” It remains, of course, halfway between mile marker 665 and 667, so calls for roadside assistance can still be made and the disabled car found.
Texas Mile Marker 665 sign
Texas Mile Marker 665
Texas Mile Marker 667 sign
Texas Mile Marker 667
Texas Mile Marker 666 sign
Texas Mile Marker 666
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