By Steve Elliott / ADOT Communications
Signs installed by the Arizona Department of Transportation now mark two sections of US 60 between Globe and Apache Junction as Governor Rose Mofford Memorial Highway, carrying a designation recently approved by the Arizona State Board on Geographic and Historic Names.
The designation applies between mileposts 250 and 240.5, from Globe through Miami, and mileposts 200 through 214.5, from Apache Junction to just east of Florence Junction (State Route 79). Drivers in each direction of US 60 will see signs where each of the newly named stretches begins.
US 60 between mileposts 214.5 and 240.5 is already named Gila-Pinal Scenic Road.
Mofford, Arizona’s 18th governor and the first woman to serve in that post, was from Globe. In addition to serving as governor from 1988 to 1991, Mofford was Arizona’s secretary of state from 1977 to 1988.
The Arizona State Board on Geographic and Historic Names approved adding Mofford’s name to the two US 60 stretches at its Jan. 22 meeting.
Other state highway stretches honoring individuals and groups include the Piestewa Freeway (State Route 51), Pearl Harbor Memorial Highway (Interstate 10), Buffalo Soldier Trail (State Route 90 in southeastern Arizona), Arizona Veterans Highway (Interstate 17), Purple Heart Trail (Interstate 40) and Veterans Memorial Highway (Interstate 15).
For more information on the Arizona State Board on Geographic and Historic Names, please visit the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records website at azlibrary.gov (Click About > Boards and Commissions).
You can see lots of photos of these signs in this Flickr slideshow:
Source: Arizona DMV