Are you like me, noticing town, village and city signs welcoming you to their community when you are driving to a destination? While there are many things along my drive that I don't observe, I do notice welcome signs.

And I'm impressed with many of those signs that are created by the community it represents. Some really well represent the town. I've seen several that have a community slogan or boast about some important achievements of the town.

I did some research on Google Maps and came up with 35 areas towns, villages and cities who have some sort of a welcome sign or other structure to welcome visitors to their community. Some towns have their welcome signs at the border, some have them in the center of town, some are in parks and some are various types of structures like the arches over Main Streets in Endicott and Johnson City.

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One community - Warren Center, Pennsylvania is best represented by a small Sinclair gas station (not a functioning gas station.) Plus the fact that the Google Maps car has yet to drive through this lovely area, I didn't have access to a picture of their welcome sign.

Take a virtual ride to our local communities,  towns, boroughs, villages and cities, and check out how proudly they welcome you to their community. (Big tip of the hat to BIG Chuck in Oneonta, who inspired this article with his article about some of the most unique signs in upstate New York).

NY Southern Tier & PA Northern Tier Town Welcome Signs

via Google Maps Street View

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