North Dakota Highway 20 is a state route that runs straight up the middle of the state, from Jamestown up to the Canadian border. Like all North Dakota state highways, it has been signed with three distinct styles of state route marker. Starting in 1931, North Dakota routes were signed with a drawing of a Native American chief in profile, with the route number in a circle superimposed over it. The sign was said to depict a Lakota man named Red Tomahawk, a police officer who shot Sitting Bull during the arrest attempt that resulted in his death. By 1961, the state route sign was revised, with Red Tomahawk’s profile shown in silhouette with the numbers inside it. This design was in service until 2016, when it was replaced by a design based around the outline of North Dakota.
Using old photos and other historic materials, we’ve recreated the classic Native American North Dakota Highway 20 marker for your enjoyment. We’ve precisely duplicated every element of the design, from the details of the profile to the highway fonts used. The 1931 markers have been long gone from the highways of North Dakota for decades; the 1961 markers are becoming increasingly rare. With our markers, you can get the marker you want without the expense and hassles of the collector’s market.
Our North Dakota Highway 20 marker is flat printed on heavy 14-gauge steel. Our printing process produces a marker with an exquisite high-gloss finish that can stand up to the harsh North Dakota winters while also looking great indoors. We’ve made it available in both the 1931 and 1961 designs, as well as sizes from 16 inches square all the way up to 36 inches square. All designs and sizes have two pre-drilled mounting holes for convenient installation. (Want one of these route markers with a different number? Or perhaps a size not listed here? Or even another sign, from North Dakota or another state? We’d be happy to help! Just contact Jake to get started on your custom order.)