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        The National Safety Rest Area Program was primarily developed between the late 1950s and the late 1970s.  The development of safety rest areas, along with the construction of the highways themselves, was the responsibility of individual states; sites would typically open with the completion and opening of Interstate Highway segments.  Across the nation we see evidence of this development in the physical forms of safety rest areas.  Designs varied from state to state and were sometimes strikingly similar across state borders.  As SRA sites are gradually redeveloped, one of the most important ways of preserving their history is through documentation.  The images below include both historic and current images of first generation safety rest area elements.  They are representative of both typical and unique designs within states.  We can all share in the task of documenting this great program.  Please share your pictures with us, e-mail: info@restareahistory.org




Alabama



Arizona



Arkansas



California



Connecticut



Delaware



Florida



Idaho



Illinois



Indiana



Iowa



Kansas



Kentucky




Michigan



Minnesota




Missouri




Nebraska



Nevada



New Hampshire



New Jersey



New Mexico




North Carolina



North Dakota



Ohio



Oklahoma



Oregon



Pennsylvania




South Carolina



South Dakota



Tennessee



Texas



Utah




Virginia



Washington



Wisconsin




Wyoming


 






Building Type: 1970s Revival

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State Link:

www.fmcsa.dot.gov/about/outreach/AL.htm

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www.dot.state.al.us/NR/rdonlyres/D01D5FB3-915B-4682-8EF7-C9F9AA7B5272/0/Alabama_WelcomeCenters_RestAreas_20070810.pdf

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Building Type: Regional

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Shelter Type: Regional

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Program Development: Late 1960s -early 1970s

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State Link:

http://mpd.azdot.gov/gis/maps/pdf/Rest_Areas.pdf

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Building Type: Modern

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Shelter Type: Modern

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Program Development: Late 1960s

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Building Type: California has several building types that characterize its changing geography, including Regional Modern and 1970s Funk/Revival

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Program Development: Mid-1960s

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State Link:

http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/maint/ra/

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Building Type: 1970s Funk/Revival

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State Link:

http://www.ct.gov/dot/cwp/view.asp?a=1390&q=292578

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Building Type: Modern

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Program Development: Late 1960s

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Building Type: Modern

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State Link:

http://www.dot.state.fl.us/MapsAndPublications/seairail/restarea.shtm

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Building Type: Rustic/Regional Modern

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Program Development: Mid-1960s

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State Link:

http://itd.idaho.gov/highways/ops/maintenance/RestArea/RestAreas.htm

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Building Type: Modern (shown here) later 1970s Funk/Revival

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Program Development: Late 1960s - mid-1970s

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State Link:

http://www.dot.state.il.us/restarea/restmap.html

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Building Type: 1970s Revival

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State Link:

http://www.in.gov/indot/files/Rest_Areas-2002.pdf

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Building Type: Rustic/Regional Modern

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Program Development: Mid-1960s

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State Link:

http://www.iowadot.gov/maintenance/internetpages/restareas/restareas.htm

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Building Type: Modern and Regional

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Shelter Type: Modern

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Program Development: Early 1960s

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Building Type: Modern, later Regional

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Program Development: Mid-1960s

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State Link:

http://511.ky.gov/rest/home.htm

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Building Type: 1970s Funk/Revival

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State Link:

http://www.michigan.gov/mdot/0,1607,7-151-9615-60528--,00.html

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Building Type: Free Form (pictured here), Combined Forms, 1970s Funk/Revival

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Program Development: Late 1960s - late 1970s

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State Link:

http://www.dot.state.mn.us/restareas/

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Building Type: Modern

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Shelter Type: Modern

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Program Development: Mid-1970s

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State Link:

http://www.modot.org/services/travel/restarea/

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Building Type: Modern

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Shelter Type: Modern

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Program Development: Early 1960s

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State Link:

http://www.interstaterestareas.com/?page_id=143

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Building Type: Modern

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State Link:

http://www.usroadconditions.com/nvrest.html

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Building Type: Basic Traditional

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Program Development: Mid-1960s

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State Link:

http://www.newhampshire.com/explore-nh/welcome-centers.aspx

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Building Type: 1970s Funk/Revival

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Program Development: Early 1970s

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Building Type: Regional

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Shelter Type: Regional

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Program Development: Late 1960s - early 1970s

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State Link:

http://www.nmshtd.state.nm.us/main.asp?secid=11135

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Building Type: Regional

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Program Development: Early 1960s

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State Link:

http://www.ncdot.org/doh/operations/dp_chief_eng/roadside/rest/

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Building Type: Modern

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Shelter Type: Modern

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State Link:

http://www.dot.nd.gov/divisions/maintenance/visitor-centers.htm

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Building Type: Basic Traditional, later Modern (pictured here) and Free Form

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Program Development: Late 1950s

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State Link:

http://www.dot.state.oh.us/Divisions/Facilities/Facilities/RestAreas/Pages/default.aspx

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Building Type:  Modern

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Shelter Type: Regional

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Program Development: Late 1960s

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State Link:

http://www.interstaterestareas.com/?page_id=157

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Building Type: Rustic/Regional Modern

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Shelter Type: Modern

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Program Development: Early 1960s

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State Link:

http://www.tripcheck.com/Pages/RAentry.asp

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Building Type: Modern

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Program Development: Early 1970s

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Building Type: 1970s Funk/Revival

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State Link:

http://www.sciway.net/maps/south-carolina-interstates.html

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Building Type: Modern

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Shelter Type: Regional

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Program Development: Late 1960s

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State Link:

http://www.sddot.com/docs/restareamap.gif

http://www.sddot.com/geninfo_projects_chambrestarea.asp

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Building Type: 1970s Funk/Revival

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Program Development: Early 1970s

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State Link:

http://www.tdot.state.tn.us/Chief_Engineer/assistant_engineer_operations/maintenance/RestAreas.htm

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Building Type: Modern

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Shelter Type: Modern and Regional

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Program Development: Mid-1960s - early 1970s

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State Link:

http://www.dot.state.tx.us/mnt/SRA/map.htm

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Building Type: Modern

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Program Development: Mid-1960s

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State Link:

http://www.dot.state.ut.us/main/f?p=100:pg:0:::1:T,V:1863

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Building Type: Regional

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Program Development: Early 1960s

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State Link:

http://virginiadot.org/travel/map-rest-area.asp

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Building Type: Rustic/Regional Modern

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Program Development: Mid-1960s

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State Link:

http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/safety/restareas/

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Building Type: Basic Traditional

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Program Development: Late 1950s

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State Link:

http://www.dot.wisconsin.gov/travel/restareas/locations.htm

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Building Type: Rustic/Regional Modern

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Shelter Type: Regional

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Program Development: Mid-1960s


 

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