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    Roadside shelters in Pennsylvania: what are they?

    I've noticed that in rural areas in Pennsylvania, along most state roads, there's large-ish wooden shelters with ads posted on the side, spaced about a mile or so apart. The shelters look the same everywhere in the state; there's almost no variation in design. I've never seen such shelters in other states. What are they, and why are they only in PA?

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    Maybe school bus shelters?
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    Quote Originally posted by njm
    Maybe school bus shelters?
    I haven't noticed any with ads, but yes, I believe that they are indeed bus shelters. Most the ones I've seen around the western part of the state have been wooden, painted red and appeared to be fairly old.

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    Schoolbus shelter is what comes to mind. I don't recall seeing any of these; maybe I'm used to them, or just don't pay attention.

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    As someone who had to walk half a mile to the nearest school bus stop during elementary school, one of these shelters would have been really nice. Yes, Alabama does not have Pennsylvania winters but for a seven year old from a poor family (meaning, terrible winter clothes), ten degrees with wind is still quite miserable. Plus after the long walk to the bus stop, it would have been nice to have a place to sit while waiting for the bus. On the other hand, since there were eight other kids at the same stop and I was the youngest, I doubt I would have gotten a seat

    I actually did notice the shelters Dan mentioned years ago when traveling through Pennsylvania. I think it's one of those interesting regional variations in our country that have otherwise disappeared with the homogenzation of our country due to our conquest of the physical environment. I bet kids in Pennsylvania get driven to school in an SUV just as much as they do in Arizona or Georgia (well, except the Amish... but they have those cool HUBs... Horse Utility Buggys).
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    Built Before 1970s

    The ones I am familiar with are school bus shelters that were built pre-1970s. They are simple wooden structures with an add on the side. I haven't seen any built in decades.

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    Occasionally you'll see them in "rural" or once rural parts of NJ. Most often they were busy school bus stops but as the population has aged they're now defunct.

    I imagine they'll be making a comeback soon because the state recently widened the walking limit to schools and bus stops - and the money they've been spending on the "safe streets to school" program are roping a lot more kids into the walking orbit.
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    I live in Pennsylvania. There's one at the end of the street that's never used. Would you like a pic?

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