Saturday, August 29, 2009

US20 in Ohio: Police Chase

And now for something completely different…Here is a video of a police chase (dashcam video) that took place in part on US Route 20 (Mentor Avenue/Euclid Avenue) in Willoughby Ohio.

The police chase began when police, driving on US20 Mentor Avenue eastbound over the Chagrin River bridge, saw the driver traveling at 65 mpg in a 35 mph zone. The police car turned around and headed westbound, towards the intersection where US20 changes from Mentor Avenue to Euclid Avenue. The police car turns left and begins to travel through downtown Willoughby (Euclid Ave.), veers off a few side streets temporality, and eventually turns right and gets back on US 20. The car stays on US20 for quite some time, until the police car makes a hard right on to US 91.

Enjoy the ride!

(If you can’t view the video here, it can also be located on the WKYC website at this link.)

The US Route 20 Blog homepage can be found, here.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

US20 In Iowa: Waterloo

US Route 20 passes through the southern side of Waterloo, Iowa. South and east of the city it connects with Interstate 380 and Iowa Highway 27, then crosses US Route 63 as US 20 continues to head west.

Wikipedia gives this information about the early days of Waterloo, Iowa and the naming of the city:

Waterloo was originally known as "Prairie Rapids Crossing". The town was established near two Meskwaki Native American villages alongside the Cedar River. It was first settled in 1845 when George and Mary Hanna and their children arrived on the east bank of the Red Cedar River (now just called the Cedar River). They were followed by the Virden and Mullan families in 1846. Evidence of these earliest families can still be found in the street names Hanna Blvd., Mullan Avenue and Virden Creek.

The name "Waterloo" supplanted the original name, "Prairie Rapids Crossing" shortly after Charles Mullan petitioned for a post office in the town. Since the signed petition did not include the name of the proposed post office location, Mullan was charged with selecting the name when he submitted the petition. Tradition has it that as he flipped through a list of other post offices in the United States, he came upon the name "Waterloo." The name struck his fancy, and on December 29, 1851, a post office was established under that name. The town was later called the same, and Mullan served as the first postmaster from December 29, 1851 until August 11, 1854.

Waterloo is also the county seat of Black Hawk County. It also is home to the Grout Museum District, which is a group of museums that include the Grout Museum of History & Science, the Bluedorn Science Imaginarium, the Snowden House, the Rensselaer Russell House Museum and the Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum.

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The US Route 20 Blog homepage can be found, here.