Colorado Roads - C-14

and C-14/US 287

All photos on this page courtesy Michael Summa. The one above was taken in the late 1980's EB as C-14 turns from Riverside Ave.

1983 and 1988, respectively, WB at the western end of C-14. The first is a typical older style of unisign that was used for all sorts of reasons across the state, and always with that malformed US shield. Both signs are wooden and gone now.

Looking east from there in 1988. Not button copy, but still not a modern sign.

Another use of the wooden one-piece EB in Walden in 1983, then a white and wooden sign WB on the duplex the following year.

Leaving US 287 and entering Poudre Canyon WB in the 1970's, last photo 1979. Somewhat more alarming than your typical reverse curve sign.

Looking from the northwestern C-14/US 287 junction first east along the newly minted multiplex and then west on C-14 toward Poudre Canyon in the late 1980's. The entire multiplex is signed TO 14, but it's officially 14.

This is a scary sight to see dozens of miles from any border, and hundreds from Canada or Mexico. Good thing you're already in Colorado. It's for commercial vehicles above a certain weight, and they have to "clear all Ports of Entry (POE) within five (5) miles of their designated route." I don't know how much effort that requires, but it sounds excessive compared to most states. Why not just clear the truck on the way in and be done? This was taken on old C-14/US 287, now Larimer CR 54G, just north of LaPorte in the early 1980's.

Former C-28 EB ending at former 14/287 (just east of LaPorte, just south of the POE sign) in the mid-1980's, and an old curve sign on C-14/US 287 WB/NB in 1979 approaching C-1.

Because US 287 gives C-14 short shrift and pretends it's not a multiplex, C-14 gets fed up and takes a state-name Interstate shield as it leaves. All EB/SB in: early 1980's, 1980's, 1979, 1980's.

The yield sign is for C-14 WB merging into US 287 NB, and the distance sign is for both routes. US 287 gets the top line and C-14 gets the bottom line, so CDOT used a button copy separator. That practice disappeared by the 1980's; this photo was taken in 1978.

EB leaving US 287 in Fort Collins in 1978, down Riverside Ave. to where C-14 turns due east-west again in the mid-1980's. The shield atop this page is mixed up in this. Michael notes that the button-copy sign once said "HAXTUN (LEFT)", even though Haxtun is 134 miles east, past the end of C-14 on US 6. I don't know about that, although I have no reason to doubt him, but I do know that you can click on that photo to see it lit up at night.

The other direction, starting on Mulberry St. WB in the mid 1980's as C-14 turns onto Riverside Ave., then a closeup of one of the background button-copy signs pointing straight on Mulberry (one on the right, one on the left), and then down to the US 287 junction in 1979.

Two photos from the frontage road on the south side of C-14 just west of I-25 in the mid 1980's. It ends in the second photo at old wooden posts with an old paint scheme. Michael tells me the sign facing C-14 EB traffic is button copy, but I really don't care because I can't see it.

EB heading away from I-25 to C-257 (second photo) in the late 1980's. Just past C-257 was the third sign. Look up about 7 photos and you'll see another EB sign with these same two cities. Do some math, and figure out the difference between the signs. I don't think they've shifted, but since the last photo was taken in 1978... wait, so was the other distance photo. Two signs, same year, same direction, different distances.

WB in Weld County in 1981.

Talk about getting around. These three photos are all EB in Ault, with the second photo at US 85 and the third photo just past it, and they're from three different years (i.e. three different Michael Summa trips took him on C-14 EB through Ault). And then consider he has a lot of WB photos too. These date to, respectively, 1978, 1990, and the late '80's.

Looking south on 1st Ave. in Ault in 1990. This isn't County Route 35, just County Road 35, part of a numbering system that has north-south odd numbers and east-west even numbers on a square-mile grid system starting in the southwest corner. There's no need to sign each one with a pentagon with this system.

The EB end of C-14, 1979. The shields would meet modern standards but the directional banners would now be as large as the shields, 24" wide instead of 18" wide.

Onto US 287 alone

Onto US 40
To I-25
Onto C-257
Onto US 85
Onto C-71
Onto US 6
To I-76
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