If you have been down to Wilmington as often as I have, you've seen this sign numerous times. The sign gives the distance to the Western End of Interstate 40 2,554 miles away in Barstow, California.
The sign is popular for photographs (as taken by Joe Babyak above) and unfortunately for sign thieves . Since the highway opened in 1990, the sign has been stolen four times, and this time NCDOT will not be putting a replacement sign up.
Story: I-40 Barstow, Calif., sign gone for good ---Wilmington Star-News