When we first posted this story
near the end of 2007, we didn't know who nailed
the first hand-painted mileage sign to this
telephone pole, but now, in May, 2009, we've
got the whole story -- and photos, too -- from
Steve and Wendy Page in Western Australia:
Road Trip America,
the other night, while sitting our home here
in Western Australia, my wife and I asked
ourselves... "What would the sign post
look like now at Highway 62 and the Iron Mountain
Pumping Station turn off?" as we use
to travel this highway extensively. So we
decide to use Google Earth and Google images,
and sure enough, there it is on your web site!
It's definitely more colorful than it was
when my wife and I "nailed" the
first sign to the post about 15 - 16 years
is our story.
can't remember exactly why we brainstormed
this idea back about 1993 - 1994, but it probably
had something to do with the numerous boring
commutes over the years from our house in
Hesperia, California to my parent's trailer
located at Windmill Trailer Park on the Colorado
cut out the "Perth, Australia" sign,
and and my Aussie born-and-bred wife painted
it. On our very next weekend away from the
city, we stopped at the Highway 62 - Iron
Mountain turn off and nailed it as high up
the telephone pole as I could hold it while
standing on the side of my pickup truck. Actually,
the sign was screwed to the telephone pole
with 4-inch drywall screws and my cordless
drill. Thank you to whoever invented the cordless
Steve Page attaches the first sign
to the Iron Mountain telephone pole
six months after the installation of the first
sign, my parents retired and relocated from
Los Angeles to the Bend, Oregon area. So my
wife and I decided to install a sign for them.
This time a not so thick and bulky sign was
cut from thin plywood and again painted by
Bend, Oregon joins Perth, Australia,
and a tradition is born
the next trip to the river, my brother and
I screwed the Bend, Oregon sign to the pole.
From the picture posted on your web site,
it appears that the pole has taken a bit of
abuse over the years. It is not as light color
as it was for decades, but appears that at
some point it was set on fire. Possibly this
is why the original signs do not exist anymore.
Or possibly the were simple taken down to
make room for newer signs?
that's how the first two signs were installed
at the Highway 62 and Iron Mountain Pumping
Station turn off.
January 1995, my wife and I decided to give
up the big city lifestyle and relocate to
outback Australia. But when we return to California
again for a holiday we are surely going to
knock up an Australia sign and drive to the
Iron Mountain Pumping Station turn off in
the Mojave Desert and nail up a new Australia
From Western Australia.
Steve & Wendy Page
Some of the signs currently
attached to the Iron Mountain Sign Pole provide
mileage to private homes, e.g. "Timmy's
Condo: 150 miles." Others offer distances
to towns and cities as far flung as Gallup,
New Mexico and Cairo, Egypt.
Now, thanks to Gerald Thurman
(pictured below), passersby will know the precise
distance from the mileage pole to Tempe, Arizona.
Just east of the Colorado River Aqueduct at
the corner of Iron Mountain Pump Plant Road
and CA-Hwy 62 (which is also known as Desert
Center Rice Road). It is 17.1 miles west of
the ghost town at Rice.
Gerald Thurman, 11/04/07
Additional photos taken in 1993/94 submitted
by Steve and Wendy Page
Posted on RoadTrip America 11/07