February 2012
JC Penny Publication

50 great states of mind
Roger Johnson and his friend and travel partner, Haley Chamberlain, posed in front of all 50 state welcome signs. Follow their travels online at welcometoamerica.us

September 22, 2011
Chit Chat Cafe Live
Artist First Internet Radio

September 20, 2011
Minnesota Daily
Twin Cities’ Cinema Paradiso

...Sunday will feature a screening of the coast-to-coast travel doc “Welcome to America: 50 States, 50 Days.” Directed by St. Paul residents Rodney and Roger Johnson, the film documents the brothers’ journey across the country over the course of half a summer. The brothers and their crew landed in Honolulu, Hawaii, on the Fourth of July, marking the end of their trek across America... (Full Article)

January 18, 2011
A passion for signs leads to a trip of a lifetime.

by Euan Kerr, Minnesota Public Radio

St. Paul, Minn. — St. Paul-native Roger Johnson has what may be a unique travel obsession. He likes to be called "the world's first self-proclaimed welcome sign photography expert.

For years he's traveled the United States having his picture taken in front of roadside signs welcoming visitors to different states. Now Johnson has taken his passion to new heights. (Full Interview)

October 22, 2009
Route 66 Association of Illinois

The lure of Route 66 is spreading! A web site called, Roger Johnson's America, a delightful travelogue of these fifty states has recently added a Route 66 page!
Thank you, Roger, for acknowledging Route 66 as the attraction / destination she is! We are proud to tell folks here about your great travel site!

August 13, 2007
WCCO Radio 830am

Welcome to America was featured on the Mondale and Jones show on WCCO Radio in the Twin Cities, Minnesota on AM 830. Roger did a quick interview about the site and welcome signs.

Mp3 Audio Clip

May1, 2007
Woman's World
Hot Website... How well do you know the 50 states? Visit www.welcometoamerica.us to view states' "Welcome" signs and historical sites.

February 19, 2007

Cool Site of the Day
Welcome to America was listed as the "Cool Site of the Day" on www.coolsiteoftheday.com. Visitors to the site voted on scale of 1 to 10 on how cool Welcome to America was. It finished the day with a score of 6.742 which was the highest score on the Cool site of the Day web site since January 19.

January 18, 2007
Baltimore Sun
The signs, they are a-changing

Joe Burris

...Roger Nelson's Web site of welcome-sign photos from every state (welcometoamerica.us) includes a Maryland Welcomes You sign from Highway 140 outside Emmitsburg, taken in the summer of 2005, that does not include the governor's name. Collecting state welcome sign photos, said Nelson of St. Paul, Minn., is "like collecting anything else, but it's places rather than objects." (Full Article)

March 5, 2006
Concord Monitor
Sign of the times isn't a case of deja vu
By KATY BURNS

... Our (old) welcome sign got a respectable two thumbs up ("good job!") on Roger Johnson's Welcome to America website, which celebrates the welcome signs of all 50 states. (The coveted four Johnson thumbs up went to just three states, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Colorado, while West Virginia and Hawaii each earned an ignoble thumb down, or "What were they thinking?") It is truly a blessing to live in a country that produces men like Roger Johnson ("the world's first self-proclaimed welcome sign photography expert") whose site, it should be noted, sports a "Roger Johnson for President 2008" bumper sticker... (Full Article)

January 15, 2006
Denver Post
Welcome to nostalgia
By Jack Cox, Denver Post Staff Writer

..."It says 'Old West' without having to write out in text 'Spirit of the Old West,' or something like that," said Roger Johnson, a Minnesota photographer and self-proclaimed "expert" on state welcome signs (see his website at welcome toamerica.us). (Full Article)

June, 2004
Wacky But True
World's Largest Ball of Twine
(Photo credit)

August 30, 2002
WYLL AM 1160 in Chicago
Roger was interviewed by phone on on WYLL in Chicago with Kevin McCullough and Deborah Rowe.

August 13, 2002
Amanda's Cool Site of the Day
Welcome to America has most of the welcome signs in each state, information on that state, and much more.It also comes with easy viewing options, you can either use the side bar to travel through the site state by state or you can use the navigation at the top to travel through different sections. I found the side bar was easier because you seem to get all the information at once.So go ahead and check out these fabulous signs, I think my personal favorite was Hawaii because it's huge sign saying Aloha. Enjoy!

August 4, 2002
Chicago Sun-Times
A stately welcome

It's only an imaginary line, but somehow driving across a state's boundary makes travelers feel different. Many pile out of their cars for a quick photograph -- something to remember the milestone. Roger Johnson is one of those people.
(Full Article)

January 20, 2002
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Picture yourself traveling across state lines

By Charles Williams
It's only an imaginary line, but somehow driving across a state's boundary makes travelers feel different. Many pile out of their cars for a quick photograph -- something to remember the milestone. Roger Johnson is one of those people.
(Full Article)

December 14, 2001
Money Magazine
The Web Less Traveled, Finding offbeat travel destinations online.

By Paul Lukas
... In a similar vein, I love the WELCOME TO... signs that greet us at state borders, and apparently so does Roger Johnson. His wonderful Welcome to America site features photos of him standing alongside such signs in all 50 states. Now that's the kind of travel dedication I can appreciate. (full article)

December 10, 2000
Trip Spot Site of the Week
It took Roger Johnson several years, but he finally managed to take a picture of a highway welcome sign in all 50 states. His site features a clickable map so you can view all of the photos, from Maine to Hawaii and every state in between.

July 10, 2000
Yahoo! Picks of the Week

Roger Johnson's homespun photo gallery features welcome signs from all 50 United States and doubles as a travelogue of roadside attractions across America. Roger and his identical twin Rodney began the project in 1989 on a car trip to the Grand Canyon, and completed their collection with a visit to Hawaii in 1996. In addition to images of the larger-than-life signage (think license plates on steroids), you'll also find state capitals, nicknames, birds, and flowers.

February 27, 1996
KHON-TV News story on my 50th welcome sign photo 19mb quicktime video clip
This is the Channel 2 news at 6 with Joe Moore, Hawaii's number one news.
Roger Johnson of Little Canada, Minnesota completed his mission today just after he arrived in Honolulu. He had his picture taken next to the "Welcome to Hawaii" sign at the airport. Today's photo finishes Johnson's collections of similar photos in all 50 states. It was a project he started in 1989. Where is he now? He's vacationing on the Island of Kauai.


 




 

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