A while back my sister sent me an email at work which contained this picture. Her sole statement was: Did you know this intersection existed?
No, I did not.
It’s located in our birthplace of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, not that far from where our parents currently reside.
There is also a Chrysler Avenue in Cape Girardeau, but it does not intersect with either Saratoga Avenue or Windsor Avenue, which are both also within the city limits.
Legend has it there are streets in a subdivision near the DC Metro area named Pontiac and Tempest. Sadly, they don’t intersect. Further, an area within Speedway, Indiana, has various car named streets, with Lincoln Drive and Cadillac Road intersecting. A quick search found a second such intersection in rural Green Township, well south of Speedway, so it appears there may be multiple.
Have you discovered any car named intersections in your travels?
Let us never forget that Ford Prefect was an automobile model AND a pivotal character in Douglas Adams’ charmingly inaccurately named “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” trilogy! 😉
For 6 years I lived on Citroen St in Las Vegas. Much of the subdivision was automotive themed. Citroen intersected with Consul, Hillman, and Cobra. There was also Aston St., Abarth St., etc. See attached map.
Odd mix of the exotic (Ferrari, Aston) and the mundane (Cortina, Caravelle)
Yes, there’s a neighborhood near me in Virginia with both a Pontiac Drive Tempest Place. Sadly they don’t intersect. I guess subdivision developers — once they run through combinations of their children’s names and flowering plants — fall back on other things that they like. Such as cars.
When my wife and I were looking for a house, we had actually looked at one on Tempest Place and also on another local street called Country Squire Lane.
Children’s names, flowering plants, cars….And then TV shows.
There’s an industrial park in Columbus, Ohio with streets that were obviously named by a car enthusiast:
At one point I briefly thought being the guy to name new streets might be fun.
Such was not in my destiny, so I applaud the namer of these streets (along with all the others mentioned).
Manhattan has Fair Lane, Riley St, and Wildcat Creek in a parallel sequence, not intersecting.
Caprice Road and Camaro Lane, on the way to the mountains. Caprice Road fronts on the state highway, so the professionally made sign, provided by the powers that be, kept disappearing. Now a somewhat crudely painted sign on a piece of scrap wood marks the intersection.
Tucson has Dodge Boulevard and Chrysler Avenue running parallel.
These aren’t car named streets, but the county highway naming protocol in some states can lead to occasionally amusing results.
Travelers crossing state lines can be confused by the fact that not all US states use a uniform road designation system for their county highways.
Wisconsin and Missouri use letters to designate county highways. I can’t speak to Missouri, but in Wisconsin, the lettering system can lead to some interesting results – particularly at intersections.
The lettered routes in Missouri are state owned and maintained. That’s a large part of why Missouri has the sixth largest state highway system in the nation. All these roads were assumed into the highway system in the 1950s and would be county roads anywhere else in the country. The vast majority are low volume, non-thru routes.
Missouri does not use some letters such as S (it looks too much like a 5 from a distance) or R (confusing with P) or I (it looks like a 1) or G or L or Q or X (although there is a Route AX near the town of Axtell). Some combinations simply aren’t used, such as the “EH” or “OK” you picture above. Most double lettered routes are “A-” or the same letter twice, such as the Route OO you have pictured.
There are some inadvertent intersections also, such as where Route U is on one side and Route F on the other (in the town of Cole Camp) where the sign says “Jct F U”. I think I may have posted a picture of it here somewhere in some article.
Thx for the correction. Despite now living just a few miles south of the Missouri border, I assumed Missouri lettered highways were county roads like Wisconsin’s. The road to hell may be paved with good intentions, but assumptions are the shoulder of that road.
Wisconsin has no qualms about using S – or any other letter. Probably because county roads are letters only. Numbers are reserved for state roads.
Wisconsin raises Missouri’s double letter pair.
Must not be a Chevy guy. Missed this one:
I’m not aware of any streets with car names in my area, but I just wanted to point out that whoever named the streets in that subdivision totally missed the opportunity to use the name “Ranchero Dr.” instead of “Ranchito Dr.”
The older, original part of Speedway, Indiana has a triangle of Auburn Street, Winton Street and Ford Avenue. Elsewhere in town are Cord Street, Fisher Avenue, Allison Avenue and Presto Avenue.
I immediately thought of these planet-themed streets in Robinson Township, PA, very close to where I grew up just outside of Pittsburgh. One happens to be named Saturn Drive. The intersecting Neptune Drive was quite steep and we used it as a test in snowy weather to see how far our cars could make it uphill.
Alas, there is no Mercury Drive (nor a street named for Uranus).
Spartanburg, SC has a 60s/70s-era neighborhood with these street names: Fairlane, Courier, Sunliner, Mustang, Thunderbird, Galaxie, Falcon, Starliner, Maverick, and Torino.
There’s a Firebird Way in Sunnyvale, California with Falcon and Eagle nearby. But since there’s also Bittern and Grackle, I suppose they’re named for the birds, not for the cars named after the birds.
I used to live in Sunnyvale, CA in a neighborhood where the streets (running North – South), are named after birds, and they’re in alphabetical order from west to east. It’s just north of the Apple HQ. From Albatross to Finch to Heron…all the way to Wren Avenue.
Something unsettling about an “Albatross” address.
In Coventry, on the land that was previously the Triumph Canley factory, has Dolomite Ave, Herald Ave, Toledo Ave and Herald Ave. Across the main road, there is a Standard Ave as well.
And a Renown Ave – mustn’t forget that one
I came here to say that!
There’s a small neighborhood in Savannah, Georgia, with a very eclectic set of car-related street names. In addition to the intersection of Ford Ave. and Plymouth Ave., there are competing compacts (Corvair Ave. and Comet Ave.), and a selection of long-gone marques (Paige, Packard, Essex and Nash). I’m not sure how Hobson and Palmetto sneaked in there to disrupt the theme. The homes in this area are old and extremely modest.
Long Beach includes a Henry Ford Avenue and a Studebaker Road, but they both run North/South and are at opposite ends of town.
In the 9 Mile and Van Dyke area of Warren Michigan, the following east-west streets are from north to south: Essex, Continental, Maxwell, Lincoln, Dodge, Cadillac, Ford, Hupp, Packard, Studebaker, Hudson, and Chalmers. On the west side of Detroit, there is Plymouth Road and Ford Road. I-94 through the city is named for Edsel Ford and I-75 is named for Walter Chrysler.
Lansing Mi has both an Olds Ave & a Durant St. In each case they ran in front of the factory. Reo Ave was near that plant, while Reo Road & Court were not.
On the west side of town there is a small subdivision with Cadillac & Packard Avenues.
East of town a condo development has a series of small Courts named Royce, Bentley, Paige, LeBaron & DeVille.
If I were to live in Fenton, Missouri, I would have to live at the corner of Dart Ln and Valiant Dr!
Been to Fenton many times but did not know this.
For what it’s worth, the town of Imperial is south of Fenton – you can dart there on I-55. The town puts up a valiant fight in generating tourist revenue.
I had to search to see how Peffer was Mopar-related. It isn’t; Mr. Peffer owned the rural property that was developed into the residential subdivision. At the time, there were two adjacent Chrysler plants, and many residents of this area lived in this development.
(I had no idea the Dodge Dart was almost the Dodge Zipp).
Eek. That article is so full of inaccuracies that it needs to be taken out behind the barn and put out of its misery.
I found this one near me
If only “Ranchito” , on that map, was “Ranchero”.
The town I grew up in, and also hoon around in, had a Thunder Street, of course I called it Thunder Road, much to my Mums annoyance.
https://www.drive.com.au/news/where-the-streets-have-car-names-20030619-13k2g/ is an outstanding Australian example among many.
There are a few suburbs in Australian cities with street names that give a clue about past manufacturing activity e.g. Morris and Wolseley in Zetland (Sydney), Chrysler and Valiant in Tonsley Park (Adelaide). A nearby suburb to mine in Canberra with an inventions and inventors street name theme celebrates the origins of the ute with Bandt Place.
No car-named roads I can think of, but Burlington, VT has a North Avenue and a North Street, which intersect. There is a gas station/repair shop on the corner of North and North.
This neighborhood doesn’t have car related names, however it does have aviation related names. The neighborhood is called Aero Acres and it’s in the Middle River area of Eastern Baltimore County. Built in the late thirties or early forties, it was originally conceived as housing for the workers at Glen L. Martin Airport, the headquarters for Martin Marietta, the aircraft manufacturer that would eventually become Lockheed-Martin.
Aero Acres is about a mile or less off of the threshold for Runway One-Five….
The intersection of Ford Drive and Royal Windsor Drive in Oakville, Ontario. Dodge had a Royal and Chrysler made the Windsor: two Mopar models in one street name?