After doing some genealogy research in rural Story County, Iowa, I was stopped waiting for traffic on US Highway 69 when a woman in a van pulled up beside me. “Where is Highway 69?” she asked, a bit frustrated.
“Right here,” I responded pointing to the north-south road.
“Thank you,” she exclaimed, “There is no obvious sign.”
And there is no marker at that intersection. It’s a case of the “local” residents knowing the roads and by-ways.
Then I realized much of our research as family historians probably doesn’t always have an obvious sign or marker, either. That’s where the help of a local genealogy or historical society might be worth investigating since they may be more familiar with the lay of the land (and cemeteries, and libraries, and local repositories, and unpublished aids, etc.)
Sometimes the signs just are not visible to travelers … but the road is still there.