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Near Blue Earth in Faribault County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

A Golden Dedication for I-90

 
 
A Golden Dedication for I-90 Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, August 13, 2010
1. A Golden Dedication for I-90 Marker
Inscription. The nation celebrated completion of Interstate 90 after contractors paved the last four-miles of freeway near Blue Earth in 1978. Reminiscent of the "Golden Spike" that symbolized completion of the nation's first transcontinental railroad in 1869, officials arranged to tint a small section of I-90's pavement gold. Also, like the two locomotives that met at the juncture of the transcontinental railroad to represent east meeting west, two Minnesota National Guard trucks met at the union of I-90, a National Interstate Defense Highway. Officials praised the new highway, citing its promise of safer and faster travel linking the nation.

Celebrants, including national and state officials, contractors, Miss America and area residents, gathered in the area now occupied by the Blue Earth Rest Areas. Many attendees received pens with the inscription "I-90 Golden Spike Dedication, Sept. 23, 1978". The celebration included a flyover by Minnesota Air National Guard jets and the debut of a 56-foot tall replica of the Jolly Green Giant which has overlooked the City of Blue Earth ever since. After the ribbon-cutting ceremony, attended by 2,500 people, a line of vintage cars and trucks crossed the gold pavement.

Planning for the $256 million project began in 1958. Stretching from Boston to Seattle, I-90 is the nation's longest and
A Golden Dedication for I-90 Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, August 13, 2010
2. A Golden Dedication for I-90 Marker
With the rest area shelter in the background.
the northernmost east-to-west, coast-to-coast interstate. At 70 mph it would take a motorist 44 hours to travel its length.

Like the other interstate highways, I-90 lived up to expectations by providing faster and safer travel. The Interstates brought other changes, both positive and negative. Some communities experienced economic growth while others suffered as business moved away from older highways. I-90's impact in southern Minnesota continues to shape the region.
 
Erected by the City of Blue Earth and Faribault County.
 
Location. 43° 39.546′ N, 94° 6.735′ W. Marker is near Blue Earth, Minnesota, in Faribault County. Marker can be reached from Interstate 90 at milepost 118, 0.6 miles west of U.S. 169, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. The marker is at the rest area along eastbound Interstate 90. Marker is in this post office area: Blue Earth MN 56013, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within walking distance of this marker. Minnesota Agriculture (approx. 0.4 miles away).
 
Regarding A Golden Dedication for I-90. There was no apparent remnant of the gold-colored portion of I-90.
 
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Blue Earth's Jolly Green Giant image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, circa January 5, 2007
3. Blue Earth's Jolly Green Giant
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 3,504 times since then and 182 times this year. Last updated on , by Steve Masler of Memphis, Tennessee. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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