A years-long mystery that has periodically nagged me was solved today by my friend Hayden Hurst.
On the 14th street bridge, on the left side of the North Bound portion, there’s a square sign with a red octagon (missing one side) with two, smaller, concentric red octagons inside of it. The inner-most part is the face of an Eagle. David Gorsline, a Flickr user, posted a better picture of the logo here, which he found on a sign in Penn Quarter.
I’ve often wondered if this was some secret sign instructing the military where to go when habeas corpus has been suspended, or had some sort of secret official purpose.
Turns out, it’s just the old logo of the now-demolished Washington Convention Center. And it’s been there for at least a decade, probably multiple decades, as the convention center opened in 1982.
As time goes by and Washington changes, lots of old signs are still up. On Massachusetts Avenue, near the Heritage Foundation (at least when I worked on the Hill) there was still a sign for the MCI center. There are signs for AMTRAK stations everywhere, even though nobody really uses signs like those when we have GPS and Waze.
“At least as of last year, there was an exit at Metro Center that still pointed to the MCI Center.”
What about you? What old signs of D.C. and the surrounding area have you seen still in operation that serve no purpose? Weigh in in the comments.
UPDATE: Others have wondered, too, about these obsolete signs.