End of US highway 20

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Photo credits: Nancy Cooper; Chris Elbert; Dan Moraseski; Robert Mortell

Approx. time period East terminus West terminus
1926-1930s Boston, MA (Park Street) East entrance Yellowstone National Park, WY
1930s-1940 Boston, MA (Arlington Street) East entrance Yellowstone National Park, WY
1940-1941 Boston, MA (Arlington Street) Albany, OR
1941-1960s(?) Boston, MA (Arlington Street) Newport, OR
1960s(?)-present Boston, MA (Beacon Street) Newport, OR

The east terminus of US 20 has always been in Boston MA, but its endpoint has changed over the years. US 20 is routed along Commonwealth Avenue - the first westbound marker looks like this:

Mortell, 1999

Chris reports that sign was still there in 2006, but it was twisted even further to the right. Jeff Morrison points out something that might be of interest to baseball fans: this intersection is about 600 feet due north of Fenway Park's "Green Monster".

Heading the opposite direction, the photo below shows the last eastbound marker:

Elbert, July 2006

Kinda ugly - almost looks homemade. MA hwy. 2 gradually approaches Commonwealth via Beacon Street. At the point where these two roads intersect, MA 2 switches over to Commonwealth, and the US 20 designation ends:


To the lower left of the "End US 20" sign is Commonwealth (US 20). To the lower right is Beacon (MA 2). Far to the right is Brookline Avenue. Straight ahead is Commonwealth (MA 2). The approaching traffic straight ahead is coming from both Commonwealth (MA 2) and Beacon; Beacon is one-way westbound east of this intersection, and it has just merged with Commonwealth in the middleground. Below is a close-up of the "End" signage:

Elbert, July 2006

Dan has several other photos from this area; click here. Originally, the US 20 designation extended further east from here - first along Beacon, and later via Commonwealth. You can view photos of US 20's former eastern endpoints on this page.

From 1926 to 1940, the west end of US 20 was at the east entrance to Yellowstone National Park. You can view photos on this page.

Some would argue that the west end of the eastern segment of US 20 is still at the east entrance to Yellowstone. They would consider the "US highway 20" that was commissioned in 1940 (running from the west entrance of Yellowstone to Oregon) to be a separate (western) segment of that route. While that's technically true (since US routes are not signed in Yellowstone), I personally prefer to think of US 20 as a single route which was extended west via an implied route through the Park. Some historic maps suggest that when US 20 was first extended west, it ended in Albany OR for a year or two; you can view photos from there on this page.

In the early 1940s, US 20 was extended past Albany, through Corvallis and on to its current western terminus at Newport. In the photo below, we're looking west on Olive Street (US 20):

Elbert, May 2005

The US 20 designation ends just ahead; the photo below shows the intersection:

Elbert, Dec. 2004

The traffic signal is at the Coast Highway, or US 101. The green sign directs Waldport and Florence traffic to the left, while Depoe Bay and Lincoln City is to the right. The Pacific Ocean is about a half-mile straight ahead.

Below, the cars in the foreground are at the west end of US 20, as we look north on US 101...

Elbert, Dec. 2004

...and this one shows the signage for southbound:

Cooper, Aug. 2002

Nancy says the "Begin" signs were tacked on about a week before she took that photo. "Begin" signs are not common anywhere in the country, and these may be the only ones in Oregon. If you take that left turn and go about six blocks, you'll see the first eastbound reassurance marker:

Elbert, Dec. 2004

Boston is about 3200 miles thataway...