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U.S. Route 69 (Missouri 1926)

U.S. Route 69

U.S. Route 69 is a north-south United States highway. When it was first created, it was only long, but it has since been expanded into a Minnesota to Texas cross-country route. The highway's southern terminus (as well as those of US 287 and US 96) is in Port Arthur, Texas at an intersection with State Highway 87. Its northern terminus is in Albert Lea, Minnesota at Minnesota State Highway 13. US 69 is noteworthy as having had numerous reassurance shields stolen because of the sexual connotation of its route number.

Route description

Texas

US-69 begins at SH-87 in Port Arthur,TX. At it's start the highway is already merged with US-96 and US-287. The three highways head in a north-west path toward Beaumont. The highways briefly merge with I-10 in Beaumont, but soon split form the Interstate and continue toward the north-west, while I-10 runs toward the East. In Lumberton, US-96 splits from the highways and heads toward the north-east while US-69 and US-287 continue heading north-west. In Woodville, US-287 splits from US-69, and heads north-west while US-69 heads North. In Lufkin, US-69 merges with SH-59 for a short amount of time. It heads north-west also merging with SH-103. At this point the road is named US-69,SH-103,SH-59. At an intersection with SH-266, SH-59 heads NE, while US-69 and SH-103 continue heading NW. North of town, the two roads merge with SH-287. Shortly after SH-287 and SH-103 head South, while US-69 continues heading NW. Most people are not sure if SH-69 merges with SH-347 in Jacksonville. It may merge with US-69. In that case it soon takes a turn toward the East after merging. Or if the SH actually merges with US-175. Which in that case, US-69 only has an intersection with SH-347 and not a merge. SH-69 merges with FM-2493 for a VERY short amount of time South of Bullard. The FM soon branches off to the NW while US-69 continues heading North. In Tyler, US-69 makes a short merge with SH-110 but soon splits from it, heading in it's usual NW pattern. In Lone Oak, US-69 merges with SH-513, but soon branches off to the NW(As usual). SH-513 heads North from where US-69 branched off from it. The highway merges with SH-78 in Leonard, but soon branches off from it. US-69 merges with SH-11 near Whitewright, but heads North as it splits from it at SH-160.US-69 merges with US-75 just South of the OK border near Joe. US-69,US-75 then pass the OK border a short while later.

Oklahoma

US-69,US-75 passes the Oklahoma border near the tiny town of Staley,OK. They stay merged all the way to Atoka, where US-69 heads NE and US-75 heads NW. US-69 and US-75 briefly merge with SH-3 in Atoka but SH-3 stays on US-75 instead of US-69 when they split. In Stringtown US-69 merges with SH-43. SH-43 splits from US-69 near the Ataka Reservoir and crosses it. US-69 passes right by the McAlester Ammunitions Depot. US-69 passes over Eufaula Lake 6 times (It is a massive Lake). Near Muskogee US-69 merges with US-64 and SH-2. At an intersection with US-62, US-64 heads West on US-62 and US-69,SH-2 continues to head North. Near Vinita, US-69 and SH-2 make an interchange with Historic Route 66 and US-60. The two highways turn East and merge with HR-66 and US-60. In Downtown Vinita, SH-2 heads North while US-69,US-60 and HR-66 head East, passing I-44 a short while later. At SH-85, the three highways make an unexpected turn toward the North. The three highways merge with US-59 just South of I-44. Still South of I-44, US-60 heads NE paralleling I-44. While HR-66,US-69,US-59 continue heading North, passing I-44. At SH-10, US-59 heads West on SH-10, while HR-66 and US-69 head North on SH-10. This makes the road change its name to HR-66,US-69,SH-10. In Downtown Miami, SH-10 continues heading East, while HR-66 and US-69 turn toward the North. South of Picher and West of Quapaw, US-69 splits into US-69 and US-69 Alternate.

Part Oklahoma-Part Kansas:

US-69: US-69 splits from HR-66 (And now US-69 Alternate), and heads North through the town of Picher. Just past the Oklahoma-Kansas State Line, US-69 merges with SH-7. In Columbus, SH-7 continues heading North, while US-69 turns East and merges with US-160. US-69,US-160 meet with US-69 Alternate (Which is now merged with US-400) near Crestline. SH-96 which continues East from this intersection, turns North and merges with all these highways. US-160 also turns North and merges with the highways.

US-69 Alternate: US-69 Alternate and HR-66 split from regular US-69, South of Picher and West of Quapaw. US-69 Alternate and HR-66 head E-NE through the towns of Quapaw and Baxter Springs. Just before Baxter Spring, US-69 Alternate and HR-66 pass into Kansas from Oklahoma. North of Baxter Springs, US-400 joins the group of highways. West of Riverton, HR-66 heads East, while US-69 and US-400 head North. North of Crestline, US-69 Alternate and US-400 meet US-69 and US-160 from the West and SH-96 from the East. US-69,US-160 merges with US-69 Alternate,US-400, as well as SH-96 turning North and merging with the four(or three) highways. Making the road at this point, US-69,SH-96,US-400,US-160.

Kansas:

SH-96 ends at SH-103. US-69,US-400,US-160 continue heading North. East of Cherokee, US-400 splits from the group and heads West toward Cherokee. US-69,US-160 continues heading North. North of Frontenac, US-160 splits from US-69 and heads East. US-69 continues heading North. South of Fort Scott, US-69 merges with SH-7(Again). In Fort Scott, US-54 merges with US-69,SH-7. The three highways continue heading North. North of town US-54 and SH-7 split from US-69, and head West. US-69 continues to head North. South of Pleasanton, US-69 merges with SH-52. NE of Trading Point SH-52 splits from US-69 and heads East. In the Kansas City Suburbs, US-69 merges with I-35 and US-56. US-56 splits off from the two highways and heads East. A short while later US-69 breaks off from I-35 and heads North. Just past where it splits off, it merges with US-40 and I-70 and heads East. At where the highways pick up US-169, US-69 splits off and heads North. Just before I-635, US-69 crosses into Missouri.

Missouri:

US-69 merges with I-635 and then almost immeadiatly exits and merges with SH-9, heading East. A half-mile later, US 69 exits off from SH-9 and heads North. After winding through the suburbs of Kansas City, US-69 merges with I-35 for a second time. US-69 stays merged with I-35 for 7 miles before it exits. After exiting the highway immeadiatly merges with SH-33 and heads NE. At the B Hwy, SH-33 heads NNE and US-69 continues heading NE. US-69 stays pretty parallel to I-35 as it heads through Missouri, sometimes passing under it. West of Altamont, US-69 merges with SH-6. The highways turn North and a short while later SH-6 splits from US-69 and heads West, while US-69 continues heading North. SW of Bethany, US-69 merges with US-136 and heads East into town. In downtown Bethany, US-136 heads East, while US-69 heads North. Still paralleling I-35, US-69 passes into Iowa from Missouri 22 miles later.

Iowa:

In Lamoni, US-69 makes a sharp turn toward the East. West of Leon, US-69 merges with SH-2. In downtown Leon, US-69 heads North, while SH-2 heads East. East of Lake Ahquabi State Park, US-69 merges with US-65. The two highways continue to head North. At SH-5, US-65 heads East on SH-5 and US-69 continues to head North. In Ames, US-69 makes a left turn, then a right turn and continues heading North. East of Clarion, US-69 briefly merges with SH-3. The two highways soon split with SH-3 heading East and US-69 heading North. Near Garner US-69 briefly heads West on US-18, but soons splits off from it and heads North. North of Forest City, US-69 merges with SH-9 and continues heading North. SH-9 soon branches off to the West. Just South of Emmons, US-69 crosses into Minnesota.

Minnesota:

US-69 continues heading NE through Southern Minnesota. In Albert Lea, US-69 merges with SH-13. The two highways continue heading North. At I-90, US-69 ends and SH-13 continues North.

Major cities

History

When it was first commissioned in 1926, US 69 extended only from Leon, Iowa to Kansas City, Missouri. The part in Missouri had been Route 11 since 1922.

Bannered routes

Business loops and spurs

  • Frontenac, Kansas
  • Pittsburg, Kansas
  • Durant, Oklahoma
  • Mc Alester, Oklahoma
  • Checotah, Oklahoma
  • Eufaula, Oklahoma
  • Greenville, Texas
  • Lufkin, Texas

There was also a Business U.S. 69 in Fort Scott, Kansas (about 25 minutes north of the Frontenac, Kansas area), from about 1965 to 1990. Signs from the former Business Route still exist today; however, it no longer officially exists.

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