Someone forgot to hit spell check before putting up a destination sign on Victor Road last month.
The sign just past Guild Avenue tells motorists they are 7 miles away from "Lockford," which most people are fairly positive is spelled with an "e" in the middle.
Residents of the town of Lockeford said that dropping the "e" wasn't too big of a deal. Most didn't even notice.
"I know where I am so I don't need to pay attention to the sign," said Bob Henry, who's lived off Highway 88 for 28 years.
Residents said they weren't offended by the sign, but were surprised that no one proofread it before it was erected.
Tina Walker, a spokeswoman for CalTrans said she hadn't received any complaints about the typo.
"We're human and everything is keyed by hand," she said.
The sign had to be replaced in July after it was hit by a motorist, Walker said.
The error was on the order form document. Although it was spelled correctly in other parts of the form, a hand-drawn mock-up of the sign omitted the "e."
While no one has probably been confused by the spelling, Walker said people are proud of their communities and let her know when such errors occur.
"Our citizens are so valuable. They are the eyes and ears in our county since our district's so huge," she said.
Now that CalTrans has been notified of the mistake, Walker said they will put an overlay of the correctly spelled word onto the existing sign, which is an inexpensive fix they often use.
Brian (B.J.) Campbell, an eighth-grade student at Houston Middle School, noticed the sign when he was riding out to his brother's school in Victor.
He wrote a letter to the editor which appeared in the News-Sentinel, saying he was concerned about people getting lost and residents being dishonored by the misspelling, even though he admitted he's not too good of a speller himself.
"It happens all the time," said Duane Ramey, owner of Lockeford Auto Parts. "I make sure to emphasize the 'e' when I spell it for people."
Ramey said he's ordered T-shirts and hats for his business that came back from the presses sans the "e."
"That's a common occurrence. A lot of people don't realize it's a family name," said Chester M. Locke, who is the fifth generation to live in the town named after his family. Locke, 83, said his great-great uncle had property near the Mokelumne river that was referred to as "Locke's Ford." When a post office was going in, his great-grandmother had to name the town. She dropped the apostrophe and the "s" to come up with Lockeford.
People are prone to forgetting to tack the "e" on the end of his last name, Locke said. He sometimes gets mail addressed to the "Lock" family. But Locke says there's no big need to change it, there are other things to worry about.
The Lockes have hosted a few exchange students over the years who are fascinated by his ties to the town.
"They like to tease me about living on Locke Ranch on Locke Road in Lockeford, California."