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A Photo Tour Of The United States
Presidents Through Twin Cities
Area City Street Signs


Introduction Many cities use a naming scheme for city streets in order to make the street arrangement easier to remember. Minneapolis has a number of segments where street names are in alphabetical order. In other areas, names of trees and famous generals are used. One that interests me is the series of streets named after US Presidents in northeast Minneapolis. Here is a photo tour of those street signs.

President Washington Street Sign President Adams Street Sign President Jefferson Street Sign
George Washington
#1—1789-1797
Downtown Minneapolis
John Adams
#2—1797-1801
Northeast Minneapolis
Thomas Jefferson
#3—1801-1809
Northeast Minneapolis
President Madison Street Sign President Monroe Street Sign President Adams Street Sign
James Madison
#4—1809-1817
Northeast Minneapolis
James Monroe
#5—1817-1825
Northeast Minneapolis.
John Quincy Adams
#6—1825-1829
Northeast Minneapolis.
President Jackson Street Sign President Van Buren Street Sign President Harrison Street Sign
Andrew Jackson
#7—1829-1837
Northeast Minneapolis.
Martin Van Buren
#8—1837-1841
Northeast Minneapolis.
William Henry Harrison
#9—1841
Northeast Minneapolis.
President Tyler Street Sign President Polk Street Sign President Taylor Street Sign
John Tyler
#10—1841-1845
Northeast Minneapolis.
James Knox Polk
#11—1845-1849
Northeast Minneapolis.
Zachary Taylor
#12—1849-1850
Northeast Minneapolis.
President Fillmore Street Sign President Pierce Street Sign President Buchanan Street Sign
Millard Fillmore
#13—1850-1853
Northeast Minneapolis.
Franklin Pierce
#14—1853-1857
Northeast Minneapolis.
James Buchanan
#15—1857-1861
Northeast Minneapolis.
President Lincoln Street Sign President Johnson Street Sign President Grant Street Sign
Abraham Lincoln
#16—1861-1865
Northeast Minneapolis.
Andrew Johnson
#17—1865-1869
Northeast Minneapolis.
Ulysses Simpson Grant
#18—1869-1877
Northeast Minneapolis.
President Hayes Street Sign President Garfield Street Sign President Arthur Street Sign
Rutherford Birchard Hayes
#19—1877-1881
Northeast Minneapolis.
James Abram Garfield
#20—1881
Northeast Minneapolis.
Chester Alan Arthur
#21—1881-1885
Northeast Minneapolis.
President Cleveland Street Sign President Harrison Street Sign President Cleveland Street Sign
Grover Cleveland
#22—1885-1889
Northeast Minneapolis.
Benjamin Harrison
#23—1889-1893
Northeast Minneapolis.
Grover Cleveland
#24—1893-1897
Northeast Minneapolis.
President McKinley Street Sign President Roosevelt Street Sign President Taft Street Sign
William McKinley
#25—1897-1901
Northeast Minneapolis.
Theodore Roosevelt
#26—1901-1909
Northeast Minneapolis.
William Howard Taft
#27—1909-1913
Northeast Minneapolis.
President Wilson Street Sign President Harding Street Sign President Coolidge Street Sign
Woodrow Wilson
#28—1913-1921
Northeast Minneapolis.
Warren Gamaliel Harding
#29—1921-1923
Northeast Minneapolis.
Calvin Coolidge
#30—1923-1929
Northeast Minneapolis.
President Hoover Street Sign President Roosevelt Street Sign President Truman Street Sign
Herbert Clark Hoover
#31—1929-1933
Northeast Minneapolis.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt
#32—1933-1945
Northeast Minneapolis.
Harry S. Truman
#33—1945-1953
Northfield, MN.
President Eisenhower Street Sign President Kennedy Street Sign President Johnson Street Sign
Dwight David Eisenhower
#34—1953-1961
Northfield, MN.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy
#35—1961-1963
Northeast Minneapolis.
Lyndon Baines Johnson
#36—1963-1969
Bloomington, MN.
President Nixon Street Sign President Ford Street Sign President Carter Street Sign
Richard Milhous Nixon
#37—1969-1974
Watertown, MN.
Gerald Rudolph Ford
#38—1974-1977
Southwest Saint Paul.
James Earl Carter Jr.
#39—1977-1981
Northwest Saint Paul.
President Reagan Street Sign President Bush Street Sign President Clinton Street Sign
Ronald Wilson Reagan
#40—1981-1989
No Sign In Minnesota.
George Herbert Walker Bush
#41—1989-1993
Bloomington, MN.
William Jefferson Clinton
#42—1993-2001
Northeast Minneapolis.
President Bush Street Sign 2008 President-Elect Street Sign
George Walker Bush
#43—2001-2009
Bloomington, MN.
Barack Hussein Obama
#44—2009-Current
No Sign In Minnesota.

Note that not all Presidents have streets named after them in the twin cities metro area. Also, some street names are duplicated between cities. The Ford Parkway sign is actually named for the Ford Motor Company assembly plant, but it works well in this case for Gerald Ford. Clinton Ave certainly predates President Clinton's election victory in 1992. East Bush Lake Road and West Bush Lake Road are two different roads that each run north and south on opposite sides of Bush Lake in west Bloomington. I picked the east road for George HW Bush since he has the home in Maine, while I picked the west road for George W Bush since he has the ranch in Waco. President Reagan appears not to be honored with a street name anywhere within a reasonable drive of Minneapolis.

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