Ben Kranefeld’s Jersey Road Finds

Ben Kranefeld, a really nice guy from South Jersey, contacted me through this site back in 2020. He has sent me many fantastic New Jersey road photos that I am delighted to present to you here. All photos on this page are by Ben Kranefeld, and are used with his permission.

Cast Iron Signs

Cast iron was used for a variety of early 20th Century signage in New Jersey. Below are photos of cast iron sign survivors taken by Ben in his travels across the state.

Town-mileage guidepost signs

Top Row: On left, Mercer CR 546 in Pennington. The three signs on the right are from Penns Grove, Salem County.
Bottom Row: The first two signs on left are in Cranbury, Middlesex County. The third photo shows a transplanted (and probably culled from multiple sources) post in a park space along the Delaware River in Pennsville. It was used as a water fountain at some point. The last photo is of a well-maintained post in Newton.

County-line markers

These markers were found along NJ routes 47, 168, 77, 29, 27 and 22.

Waterway Markers

Other cast iron signs

NOTICE… – US Route 130 in Logan Twp.
DMV Inspection Station – Wheaton Ave., Millville
DMV Inspection Station Exit & Entrance – Salem-Woodstown Road, near Salem
Old Salem Road Historic Marker – NJ Route 154, Cherry Hill
Spanktown Historical Marker – Rahway
Look Out for the Locomotive – crossing of the former Central Railroad of NJ’s Southern Division in Woodland Twp

AAA Guidepost Signs

South Jersey still has many of these AAA guidepost signs, some of which I think date back to the 1950s. Ben sent me these images from his recent travels in Camden, Gloucester and Cumberland counties.

Other Interesting Finds

Update: In 2021, Ben made a great find for his collection – not one, but three barely used flying goose signs… Neither of us realized until now that the Commodore Barry Bridge goose is orange. Nice grab, Ben!

Last, but certainly not least, of Ben’s photos, is of this 1910s concrete marker for the Lincoln Highway in Princeton.