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Blue Star Memorial Highway Marker
Blue Star Memorial Highway marker on Interstate 81 northbound near New Market, Virginia

Blue Star Memorial Highways are highways in the United States that are marked to pay tribute to the U.S. armed forces. The National Council of State Garden Clubs, now known as National Garden Clubs, Inc., started the program in 1945 after World War II. The blue star was used on service flags to denote a service member fighting in the war. The program has since been expanded to include Memorial Markers and Memorial By-ways (since 1994). These markers are used in National Cemeteries, parks, veterans facilities, and gardens.

List

Alabama

  • Scenic Highway 98, Baldwin County starting at MontroseDaphne city line and traveling north through Montrose
    • Sponsored by the Montrose Garden Club
    • Dedicated April 18, 2015 in a ceremony held at Knights of Columbus Hall
  • US 31 just north of Prattville

Alaska

Anchorpoint
Marker in Anchor Point, Alaska
  • Sterling Highway, marker at Anchor Point, the westernmost point on the North American contiguous highway system.

Arkansas

  • I-30; Marker is at the Arkansas Welcome Center on East-bound I-30 just outside of Texarkansas.
  • There also is a marker at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro Ar,
  • Interstate 55 at the Arkansas Welcome Center in Blytheville AR. Mile marker 68 southbound.

California

Colorado

  • US 40 in Lakewood Marker at Abbie Duston Roadside Park.

And on highway 287 in Lafayette CO at Baseline Red.

Delaware

  • US 13 at the Smyrna Rest Area and in Seaford.

Florida

Blue Star Memorial Highway, US19, across from hospital, Perry
Perry, Florida
  • U.S. Route 19 in Florida and U.S. Route 27 in Florida in Perry, Florida
  • US 92 at the intersection with CR 579 on Kennedy Hill in front of the Hardee's Restaurant between the towns of Thonotosassa, Seffner, and Mango.
  • US 41 in Palmetto.
  • US 1, Key Largo
  • US 98 and Gautier Road in Constitution Park, Port Saint Joe, Florida
  • Lakewood Ranch Town Hall in Lakewood Ranch, Florida near Bradenton.

Georgia

Blue Star Highway marker, Brunswick, GA, US
Brunswick, Georgia
  • I-75 at the Georgia Welcome center near Ringgold.
  • I-75 at the Georgia Welcome center in Lowndes County.
  • I-75 at the Georgia Rest area in Cook County.
  • I-75 at the Georgia Rest area in Dooly County.
  • I-75 at the Georgia Rest area in Monroe County.
  • I-75 at the Georgia Rest area in Turner County.
  • I-95 at the Georgia Welcome center near Savannah.
  • SR 13 (Buford Highway) between Rest Haven and Buford
  • SR 13 (Buford Highway), Cornelia
  • Lumpkin Street near the University of Georgia, Athens
  • Covington (Hwy 36) Monticello Street SW at Church Street
  • In front of the Thomas County Courthouse, Thomasville
  • Along GA27/US341 in front of the Appling County Public Library, Baxley, Appling County
  • Along GA37 in Fort Gaines, Clay County
  • Along GA35/GA133 in Moultrie, Colquitt County
  • In Riverfront Park, Albany, Dougherty County
  • In Marshes of Glynn Overlook Park, off US 17, Brunswich, Glynn County
  • Along US19 in roadside park, Mithcell County
  • Along GA18/US41 in front of the American Legion buildings in Forsyth, Monroe County
  • Along GA153 in Ellaville, Schley County
  • Along GA38/US84 in front of the Screven City Hall, Screven
  • Along GA3/GA30/US19 in Americus, Sumter County
  • Along US1 in roadside park, Toombs County
  • Along GA4/US1/US23 in Ware County
  • Along US341 in Jesup, Wayne County
  • In Georgia Veterans State Park, Crisp County

Illinois

  • IL 43 (South Harlem Avenue) at the intersection of Will County Route 74 (West Laraway Road) in Frankfort in 1980.
  • 95th Street & Cook Avenue in Oak Lawn; Across from Oak Lawn Village Library.
  • Illinois Route 43 (North Harlem Avenue) at the intersection on North Avondale Avenue (approx. 6300 North)

Indiana

  • US 31 Business in Peru at the southwest Intersection with River Road.
  • I-70 eastbound rest area near Plainfield.
  • US 50 in Jackson County, on the northwest area of Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge.

Iowa

  • I-29 north of Council Bluffs; marker was originally placed along US 75 in 1955.

Kansas

Smith Center Garden Club National Garden Clubs Roadside Park

Kentucky

Louisiana

Date Location Sponsor
February 25, 1955 Fort Pike State Park Off Hwy 90, New Orleans New Orleans Federated Council of Garden Clubs
November 14, 1972 Chef Menteur Hwy. (Hwy. 90) at Michoud Blvd., New Orleans Les Belles Fleures Garden Club
December 2, 1972 Gen. DeGaulle Dr. In median at Mardi Gras Blvd.(West Bank) Algiers, Aurora, and Buena Vista Garden Clubs
November 14, 1972 Gentilly Blvd. (Hwy. 90) In median at Gentilly Woods Shopping Center, New Orleans Pontchartrain Garden Club
March 2, 1996 St. Bernard Hwy, (LA 46) Dela Ronde Home Ruins, Chalmette
(lost in Katrina - August 2005)
Green Thumb Garden Club
March 2, 1996 St. Bernard Hwy. (LA 46) Arabi Green Thumb Garden Club
Nov 1997 Judge Perez Dr. at Culture Center, Chalmette (lost in Katrina - August 2005) Green Thumb Garden Club
April 26, 2002 City Park Botanical Gardens by the Flag Pole Federated Council of New Orleans Garden Clubs
October 19, 2008 Hwy 23/Belle Chase Hwy Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base (NAS/JRB) District I & II
June 6, 2010 The National WWII Museum, 1001 Magazine St., New Orleans "Freedom Isn't Free" Project, LGCF, Inc.
November 11, 2010 Hwy 23/Bell Creative Planters Garden Club
April 11, 1961 International Airport, New Orleans. Original Lost; Replaced on August 22, 2011 Jefferson Parish Council of Garden Clubs, Inc.
1973 Jefferson Hwy LaBarre Rd. New Orleans Jefferson Parish Council of Garden Clubs, Inc.
1973 Bridge City-West Bank (Hwy. 90) at foot of Huey P. Long Bridge Jefferson Parish Council of Garden Clubs, Inc.
Nov.11 1996 Franklin Ave. at Stumpf Blvd. West Bank, Gretna Twilight Gardeners Association, Gretna
September 11, 2002 Parterre Memorial Gardens in Lafreniere Park, Metairie District II Garden Clubs
November 6, 2010 North End of Hwy 3134, (Intersect w/Barataria Blvd,) Marrero Jefferson Parish Council of Garden Clubs
November 6, 2010 799 Jean Lafitte Blvd, Jean Lafitte Better Swamps & Garden Club
April 6, 2011 Kenner Veteran's Park, 1901 Williams Blvd, Kenner Chateux Estates Garden Club
May 6, 2011 Argonne St. & Transcontinental Ave., Metairie Petals of North Bridgedale Garden Club
November 10, 2011 Veterans Memorial Blvd and North Causeway Blvd, Metairie Jefferson Parish Council of Garden Clubs, Inc.
March 20, 2012 400 Block of Terry Parkway, Terrytown Terrytown Garden Club
December 3, 1966 Hwy. 90 at Brashear Ave. In median with Eternal Flame Morgan City Garden Club
March 11, 1967 Evangeline Thru-way at Tourist Information Center Lafayette Garden Club
November 1966 Hwy. 90/182, New Orleans Blvd. Terrebonne Garden Club
May 25, 1998 Hwy. 90 at South-East Blvd. Bayou Vista Garden Club
April 24, 1999 LA1 at Nicholls State University, Thibodaux Thibodaux Garden Club
November 11, 1999 Hwy. 90 at Hwy. 182, Entrance to City at Tourist Center Patterson Garden Club
June 28, 2000 Hwy. 90/Service Rd., St. Mary Parish Tourist Center Franklin Garden Club
November 11, 2000 LA Hwy. 96, Parish Building, 301 West Port St. St. Martinville Garden Club
June 4, 2002 Jackson St. at West 10th St. Chaisson Park Thibodaux Garden Club
May 27, 2002 1010 Main St. Sugar City Plaza, Jeanerette New Iberia Garden Club
November 13, 2003 Convention & Visitors Bureau Hwy. 14, Iberia Parish New Iberia Garden Club
November 10, 2004 Patterson City Hall, Hwy 182 Patterson Garden Club
July 4, 2004 Veterans Park - Berard St., Breaux Bridge Breaux Bridge Garden Club
May 9, 2005 City Hall, Loreauville Azalea Garden Club
May 29, 2005 City Hall Grounds on Main St. Gueydan Garden Club
April 26, 2009 Hwy 182, 300 Patti Dr., Berwick Civic Center Berwick Garden Club
Welcome Center at 1-20, Shreveport West Shreveport Federated Garden Clubs
November 11, 1978 Hwy 1 at entrance to LSU- Shreveport Pierremont Hills Garden Club
Hwy 71 South 8 miles from Arkansas State Line Hosston Garden Study Club
April 7, 1974 Old Minden Rd. at Benton Rd. Bossier City Garden Club
October 27, 2003 Turner's Pond by Lakeview United Methodist Church, Lake Shore Dr., Minden Town & Country Garden Club
Unknown Hwy 165, Bastrop Bastrop Garden Club
June 1952 Roadside Park Hwy. 167 North Ruston Garden Club
November 11, 1954 Hwy 15 & Loop Rd. Roadside Park Winnsboro Garden Club
March 1, 1957 Hwy 15, Wisner Wisner Garden Club
1987 Hwy 17, Epps Epps Garden Club
1970's Hwy 17 at Hwy. 80, Delhi Delhi Garden Club
May 30, 1968 Hwy 165, West Monroe of the Twin Cities Welcome Garden Club
May 30, 1968 Hwy 34 South, Monroe Monroe Garden Club
November 11, 1994 LA Hwy 84, Tourist Center Vidalia Garden Club
May 15, 2007 Hwy 84 at Bayou Cocodrie Welcome Sign Ferriday Garden Club
November 6, 2007 Hwy 167 South, Jonesboro Jonesboro Hodge Garden Club
May 15, 1956 Old Spanish Trail in median at Pontchartrain Dr. & Carey St. Bayou Liberty Garden Club
1965 Hwy.61 at Florida Blvd./Airline (Cortana Mall) (destroyed) Baton Rouge Garden Club
April 1963 Hwy I-55 Tourist Information Center, Hammond Pine Cone Garden Club
November 1989 Cate Square Park Hammond Garden Club
July 1, 2006 Independence Blvd. Baton Rouge Garden Club
May 31, 2004 Hwy 16 at City Hall Stem & Stamen Garden Club
July 4, 2007 Corner of Pine St. and the RailRoad Ponchatoula Gardenetts and Community Garden Club
October 27, 2007 Hwy 36/21 St Tammany Fire District 12, Station 124 Covington Garden Club
November 11, 2007 Bayou Plaquemine Waterfront Park Plaquemine Garden Club
November 11, 2008 Hwy Bus 61, 305 River Rd. S, In front of the USS Kidd Baton Rouge Garden Club
November 11, 2008 Veterans Blvd between Florida Blvd and Range Ave Denham Springs Garden Club
1960 Hwy 190 West at Tourist Information Center (Exit 19B from I-49) Opelousas Garden Club
Nov.11 1964 Hwy 171 at Washington St. DeRidder Gardenettes
Nov.11 1966 Hwy 27 at Roselawn Cemetery (Exit 20 from I-10) Town & Country and Sulphur Garden Club
May 28, 1994 LA Hwy 103 (Exit 25 from I-49) Washington Garden Club
November 11, 1998 LA Hwy 383 City Hall Complex, Iowa Iowa Garden Club
November 11, 2000 LA Hwy 90 at Tourist Center, Lake Charles
(remounted after Hurricane Rita - 2005) photo
Lake Charles and Diggers & Weeders Garden Club of Lake Charles
May 15, 2004 Hwy 90 at 250 West Laurel; Post Office, Eunice Bulb and Blossom Garden Club
October 2, 2004 Hwy 165 - 4th St. at the Gazebo, Kinder Spade & Hope Garden Club
November 10, 2006 City Hall, 126 E. Main St. Ville Platte Magnolia Garden Club
May 26, 2007 SW Intersection of LA Hwy 13 and Interstate 10 Crowley Garden Club
Nov 1968 Hwy 167/71, MacArthur Dr. at Richard Avenue Alexandria and Airview Terrace Garden Club
April 1, 1996 101 West Lee St., Leesville Sponsored by the Alexandria Garden Club
October 25, 2000 LA Hwy 1- Clarence Edwards Park Marksville Garden Club
December 7, 2009 Alexandria Air Force Base Alexandria Garden Club
April 12, 2011 LGCF, Inc. Headquarters, 1606 Water St., Lecompte LGCF, Inc. 75th Anniversary (1934 - 2009)

Maine

The history of Blue Star Memorial Highways in Maine, according to Maine Garden Clubs:

• 1946 — Garden Club Federation of Maine adopts program.

• 1947 — U.S. Route 1 designated as Maine’s Blue Star Memorial Highway. This covered 546 miles from Fort Kent to Kittery.

• 1957 — U.S. Route 1 and U.S. 1-A, starting at the junction of Route 1A and 1 in Stockton Springs and extending via Bangor and Brewer to the junction of Route 1A and 1 in Ellsworth, are designated as Blue Star Memorial Highways.

• 1972 — U.S. Route 2, including Skowhegan, and state Route 3, are designated Blue Star Memorial Highways. This gave Maine 952 miles of Blue Star Memorial Highway.

• 1974 — State Route 157 and U.S. Route 201, from the junction of Route 1 at Brunswick to the Canadian border near Jackman, is designated a Blue Star Memorial Highway, giving Maine a total of 1171.6 miles of designated highway.

• 1981 — The new entrance to Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Augusta is designated a Blue Star Memorial Highway.

Maryland

  • U.S. Route 301 in all of Maryland

Massachusetts

Michigan

  • U.S. Route 31
  • Woodward Avenue, marker on northbound side, just south of I-696 in Pleasant Ridge

Minnesota

Nebraska

New Hampshire

  • Interstate 95 throughout the state. There is a marker at the rest area in Seabrook just beyond the state line.

New Jersey

New York

  • Niagara Section of the New York State Thruway, Interstate 190, adjacent to the toll plaza for the northbound South Grand Island Bridge
  • New Rochelle at intersection of Main Street and Pratt Street. Fanneuil Park across the street from the New Rochelle Armory.
  • Brewster at the historic Brewster Metro-North station clock on the triangle at US 6 (Main Street) and Railroad Avenue.
  • Rockland County, New York, Thruway Extension Section of the New York State Thruway to the Garden State Parkway at Chestnut Ridge, Installed and dedicated on October 22, 1958. The marker is currently missing (2018).
  • Broome County, New York, the Southern Tier Welcome Center in Kirkwood along Interstate 81. Sponsored by National Garden Clubs Inc.

North Carolina

SB I-95 NC Welcome Ctr; Blue Star Memorial
A paved blue star and historical marker at the southbound I-95 Welcome Center in Pleasant Hill, NC
Blue Star Highway, Statesville, NC, US
I-77 rest area, near Mooresville, NC
  • Interstate 26, throughout state (approved on October 4, 1968).
Milepost 41 – Westbound Buncombe/Henderson County Rest Area (dedicated on July 18, 2008).
Milepost 68 – Westbound Welcome Center.
  • Interstate 40, throughout state (approved on May 5, 1967).
Milepost 82 – Westbound McDowell County Rest Area.
Milepost 136 – Eastbound Catawba County Rest Area.
Milepost 364 – Duplin County Rest Area (dedicated on April 6, 2005).
  • Interstate 77, throughout state.
Milepost 105 – Southbound Welcome Center (dedicated on July 21, 2006).
  • Interstate 85, throughout state (approved on May 5, 1967).
  • Interstate 95, throughout state (approved on June 13, 1980).
Milepost 181 – Southbound Welcome Center.
  • U.S. Route 17, from Wilmington to Elizabeth City (approved on November 28, 1949).
  • U.S. Route 64, from Tennessee state line to Nags head (approved on July 2017).
  • U.S. Route 70, throughout state.
15th Avenue Place SE, in Hickory.
New Hamlet Senior Center, in Hamlet (dedicated on October 18, 1984).
Hay Street at Freedom Memorial Park, in Fayetteville (dedicated on March 3, 1956).
Milepost 282 – Northwest Visitor Center (dedicated on September 14, 2010).
  • North Carolina Highway 24, in Jacksonville (approved on April 20, 1984).
Near City Hall towards Camp Lejeune, in Jacksonville (dedicated on May 27, 1984).

Oklahoma

  • Blue Star Memorial By-Way, dedicated by the Dogwood Garden Club of Red Fork, Oklahoma to recognize military personnel for their service to the United States of America and the many service men and women have passed through Tulsa during their time in defending the country. Location: Route 66 Historical Village, 3770 Southwest Blvd, Tulsa, Oklahoma

Oregon

  • Blue Star Memorial Rose Garden, Veterans Administration Healthcare System, Roseburg, Oregon. Location: Interstate 5, Garden Valley Blvd exit, west on Garden Valley. left(South) on Centennial Dr.-VA Roseburg entrance. Blue Star Memorial is located on the corner of Centennial Dr & NW Veterans Way.
  • Washburne Wayside, Highway 99W, north of Junction City. Blue This marker is no longer here. The State sold the land and the marker was removed.
  • Corvallis, Oregon on 99N, to the left of the entrance ramp on to road leading to I5
  • Santiam Pass, Oregon Hwy 20 at Tombstone Wayside.
  • Albany, Oregon, Waverly Park, Albany (28) Located right off I-5 and the entrance to Albany, Dedicated June 1, 1991.
  • Alsea, Oregon, Alsea Memorial Garden (29) BWM Located in Alsea, close to OR Hwy 34, Dedicated June 21, 1991.
  • Albany, Oregon, Linn County Veterans Memorial (63) Located in Albany’s Timber Linn Park, off I-5, Dedicated May 17, 2008.
  • Lebanon, Oregon, Edward C Allsworth Veteran’s Home (81), Dedicated July 20, 2017

Pennsylvania

Sideling Hill Tpk Blue Star Highway sign jeh
At the Sideling Hill rest area
Blue Star Memorial Highway Marker Media PA 07042020
Blue Star Memorial Highway Marker - Media PA

Rhode Island

  • Dedication held on October 8, 2013. Portsmouth Free Public Library, 2658 East Main Road, Portsmouth, Rhode Island
    (First Town in Rhode Island to place a Blue Star Memorial Marker.)

South Carolina

  • Brushy Creek Rd in Greer at Century Park.
  • Interstate 20, throughout state.
Milepost 0 – Eastbound Welcome Center.
Milepost 92 – Eastbound Kershaw County Rest Area.
  • Interstate 77, throughout state.
Milepost 89 – Southbound Welcome Center.
  • Interstate 85, throughout state.
Milepost 0 – Northbound Welcome Center.
Milepost 103 – Southbound Welcome Center.
I-95 NB South Carolina Welcome Center-9
At the northbound I-95 South Carolina Welcome Center in Hardeeville, South Carolina.
  • Interstate 95, throughout state.
Milepost 4 – Northbound Welcome Center.
Milepost 194 – Southbound Welcome Center.
  • U.S. Route 1, throughout state.
At York Street and Richland Avenue intersection, in Aiken.
West end of the Gervais Street Bridge, in Columbia.
On South Carolina State Capital grounds, in Columbia.
Near Sesquicentennial State Park entrance, north of Columbia.
At Hampton Park, in Camden.
SC 151 intersection, in McBee (dedicated on April 14, 1953; rededicated on May 23, 2011); it was the sixth established blue star in the state.
Near North Carolina state line, in Chesterfield County.

Tennessee

Virginia Blue Star
Virginia Blue Star Memorial Highway.

Texas

  • Tarrant County - FM 1220 (Boat Club Road) just south of WJ Boaz Road
  • U.S. 59 from Houston to Texarkana (designated 1976)
  • FM 3188 from State 94 to its end at Camp Olympia in Trinity County (1983)
  • U.S. 271 from Paris to Gladewater (1978)
  • U.S. 287 from the Anderson-Houston county line to the Johnson-Ellis county line (1976).
  • U.S. 385 from Big Bend National Park north to the Oklahoma state line north of Dalhart (1976).
  • State 155 from Palestine to Linden (1975)
  • U.S. 77 from the Oklahoma state line at Gainesville to Denton, then via other highways the New Mexico state line (1947 and 1953).
  • SS 496 at Avondale from its junction with U.S. 287 southeasterly via Saginaw, Fort Worth and Kennedale to its junction with U.S. 287 in Mansfield (1988)

Virginia

  • Interstate 77
Milepost 0 – Northbound Carroll County Rest Area (dedicated on May 30, 2005).
  • Interstate 95
Milepost 0 – Northbound Greensville County Rest Area.
  • U.S. Route 1 in Fairfax County
  • Virginia State Route 3 in Lancaster County (effective on July 1, 2011).
  • U.S. Route 301 from the Maryland State Line to Business U.S. Route 301 north of Bowling Green; thence via Business U.S. Route 301 to U.S. Route 301 south of Bowling Green and via Richmond, Colonial Heights, Petersburg and Emporia to the North Carolina State Line. (General Assembly 2-24-48)
  • U.S. Route 15 in Fluvanna County, on the campus of Fork Union Military Academy.
  • U.S. Route 17 in the City of Chesapeake, running south from Route 64 down to the North Carolina border. The highway was dedicated on May 24th, 2017.

Washington

  • Old Pacific Highway, Vancouver, Washington. Oldest and newest (having been removed, restored and re-dedicated) Blue Star Memorial Highway Memorial Marker in state of Washington. Located at Covington House.
  • Gateway Park, Interstate 90, Otis Orchards. Rest stop and park on the Washington side of the Idaho/Washington state line on Interstate 90. Sign located East of the buildings toward the car parking.
  • Green Lake Park, N. 69th Street and Aurora Avenue North on the west side of highway in Seattle. Restored Blue Star Memorial Highway Memorial Marker.
  • Veterans' Hospital on Beacon Hill, Seattle. New Blue Star Memorial Marker dedicated on August 5, 2016 at the garden main entrance to the Hospital by the Greater Seattle and Chinook Districts of the Washington State Federation of Garden Clubs and affiliate of the National Garden Clubs, Inc.
  • Gee Creek Rest Area, I-5 at Ridgeview, Washington by Washington State Federation of Garden Clubs

Wyoming

Routes in Wyoming designated as Blue Star Memorial Highways include Interstate 25 (markers at Southeast Wyoming Information Center, exit 4, and at Chugwater Rest Area, exit 54), Interstate 80 (marker at Ft. Steele Rest Area, exit 228), I-25 Business Route through Douglas (marker near downtown on Yellowstone Highway), U.S. Route 85 (marker at Mule Creek Jct. Rest Area, mile marker 196). Blue Star Memorial markers are also located in Cody, Riverton and Worland.

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