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What was the last section of Interstate 40 opened?

Merton Vance

On June 29, 1990, about 3,000 people gathered near the N.C. 50-55 overpass on Interstate 40 at Newton Grove to watch Gov. Jim Martin cut the ribbon to ceremoniously open the final stretch of the highway.

Shortly afterward, a motorcade of officials drove south to the rest area at N.C. 24 at Warsaw, which marked the other end of the final segment of the road to open.

The motorcade then made its way to Wilmington, where, in the shade of the lawn of Grace Baptist Church off College Road, Wilmington Mayor Don Betz and Barstow, Calif.. Mayor Bill Pope swapped signs.

One along the Wilmington terminus of the highway says “Barstow, Calif. 2,554”

A similar one in Barstow gives the same mileage to Wilmington.


What happened to the famous “Barstow, Calif.” sign on Interstate 40?  http://www.myreporter.com/?p=4489

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