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Encyclopedia > U.S. Highway 60

United States Highway 60 is an east-west United States highway, running 2,670 miles (4,300 km) from Virginia to Arizona. Despite the "0" in its number, indicating a transcontinental designation, the 1926 route ended in Missouri at the intersection with Route 66. In fact, Route 66 was almost given the US 60 designation, which would have made it more difficult for Bobby Troup to write a song about "getting kicks" on the route. Route marker sign: U.S. Highway 60 This image has been released into the public domain by the copyright holder, its copyright has expired, or it is ineligible for copyright. ... Current U.S. Highway shield The United States Highway System is an integrated system of roads in the United States numbered within a nationwide grid. ... State nickname: Old Dominion Other U.S. States Capital Richmond Largest city Virginia Beach Governor Mark R. Warner (D) Official languages English Area 110,862 km² (35th)  - Land 102,642 km²  - Water 8,220 km² (7. ... State nickname: The Grand Canyon State, The Copper State Other U.S. States Capital Phoenix Largest city Phoenix Governor Janet Napolitano (D) Official languages English Only State Area 295,254 km² (6th)  - Land 294,312 km²  - Water 942 km² (0. ... 1926 was a common year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ... Missouri, named after the Missouri Siouan Indian tribe meaning canoe, is a Midwestern state in the United States with Jefferson City as its capital. ... Alternate meanings of Route 66: New Jersey State Highway 66, Interstate 66, and a company named after the route US Highway 66 or Route 66 was and is the most famous road in the United States highway system and quite possibly the most famous and storied highway in the world. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ...

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Termini

As of 2005, the highway's eastern terminus is in Virginia Beach, Virginia at the south end of Pacific Avenue (South end of Rudee Inlet bridge). Its western terminus was originally in Los Angeles but was moved to east of Quartzsite, Arizona at an intersection with Interstate 10 after the highway was decommissioned through California starting in 1964. US 60 signage can be seen at this intersection which is about 5 miles (8 km) west of Brenda, Arizona. I-10 and California State Highway 60 replaced US 60 from Arizona to Los Angeles. 2005 is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar and is the current year. ... Virginia Beach is an independent city located in the South Hampton Roads area in the Commonwealth of Virginia, on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. ... The Downtown Los Angeles skyline. ... Quartzsite is a town located in La Paz County, Arizona. ... Interstate 10, or I-10, is the southernmost east-west, coast-to-coast interstate highway in the United States. ... Decommissioned highway Largely in the United States of America, as the states build freeways as a new classification of highways, the state may strip the old highway of its old designation as a numbered highway or downgrade it to a lesser status. ... California State Highway 60 (CA/SR-60) is an east-west freeway located entirely within Southern California. ...


Historic termini

In the original 1926 routing, US 60's western terminus was in Springfield, Missouri at its intersection with Route 66. 1926 was a common year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ... Springfield is the third largest city in Missouri. ... Alternate meanings of Route 66: New Jersey State Highway 66, Interstate 66, and a company named after the route US Highway 66 or Route 66 was and is the most famous road in the United States highway system and quite possibly the most famous and storied highway in the world. ...


Original alignment as proposed US 62

During the fight over the numbering of the Chicago-Los Angeles Highway (which became US 66), the Virginia Beach to Springfield (MO) road was proposed as US 62. Proposed US 62 followed US 60 from Virginia Beach to Poplar Bluff, MO, but did not continue across southern Missouri on the accepted US 60 alignment. Instead, it followed what is now U.S. Highway 160 to Doniphan, Missouri State Highway 142 to Thayer, U.S. Highway 63 to the junction with Missouri State Highway 14 north of West Plains, and Missouri 14 to Ozark where it ended at what was once U.S. Highway 65 (now Business 65) south of the town (this intersection is now in the city limits of Ozark). The realignment was part of the compromise over the US 60 vs. US 62 numbering (for further see Cyrus Avery). United States Highway 160 is an east-west United States highway. ... Doniphan is a city located in Ripley County, Missouri. ... Missouri State Highway 142 is a highway in southern Missouri. ... Thayer is a city located in Oregon County, Missouri. ... United States Highway 63 is an north-south United States highway that runs for 1,286 miles (2,070 km) from northern Wisconsin to northern Louisiana. ... Missouri State Highway 14 is a highway running through southern Missouri. ... West Plains is a city located in Howell County, Missouri. ... U.S. Highway 65 is a north-south United States highway stretching from Albert Lea, Minnesota to Natchez, Mississippi. ... Cyrus Stevens Avery (1871-?) was known as the Father of Route 66. He created the route while appointed to a federal board to create the Federal Highway System, then pushed for the establishment of the U.S. Highway 66 Association to pave and promote the highway. ...


States traversed

The highway passes through the following states:

State nickname: Old Dominion Other U.S. States Capital Richmond Largest city Virginia Beach Governor Mark R. Warner (D) Official languages English Area 110,862 km² (35th)  - Land 102,642 km²  - Water 8,220 km² (7. ... Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel (HRBT) is the 3. ... State nickname: Mountain State Other U.S. States Capital Charleston Largest city Charleston Governor Joe Manchin (D) Official languages English Area 62,809 km² (41st)  - Land 62,436 km²  - Water 376 km² (0. ... State nickname: Bluegrass State Other U.S. States Capital Frankfort Largest city Louisville Governor Ernie Fletcher (R) Official languages English Area 104,749 km² (37th)  - Land 102,989 km²  - Water 1,760 km² (1. ... State nickname: Land of Lincoln, The Prairie State Other U.S. States Capital Springfield Largest city Chicago Governor Rod Blagojevich (D) Official languages English Area 149,998 km² (25th)  - Land 143,968 km²  - Water 6,030 km² (4. ... Entering Cairo, Illinois. ... Carl D. Perkins Bridge in Portsmouth, Ohio with Ohio River and Scioto River tributary on right. ... Length 6,270 km Elevation of the source 450 m Average discharge Saint Louis¹: 5,500 m³/s Vicksburg²: 16,800 m³/s Baton Rouge³: 12,800 m³/s Area watershed 2,980,000 km² Origin Lake Itasca Mouth Gulf of Mexico Basin countries United States (98. ... Missouri, named after the Missouri Siouan Indian tribe meaning canoe, is a Midwestern state in the United States with Jefferson City as its capital. ... Oklahoma is a South Central state of the United States (with strong southern, western and midwestern influences) and its U.S. postal abbreviation is OK; others abbreviate the states name Okla. ... State nickname: Lone Star State Other U.S. States Capital Austin Largest city Houston Governor Rick Perry (R) Official languages None. ... State nickname: Land of Enchantment Other U.S. States Capital Santa Fe Largest city Albuquerque Governor Bill Richardson Official languages English and Spanish Area 315,194 km² (5th)  - Land 314,590 km²  - Water 607 km² (0. ... State nickname: The Grand Canyon State, The Copper State Other U.S. States Capital Phoenix Largest city Phoenix Governor Janet Napolitano (D) Official languages English Only State Area 295,254 km² (6th)  - Land 294,312 km²  - Water 942 km² (0. ...

Business US 60

There are numerous sections of Business US 60 serving more as alternate routes of the main highway. While they go through towns and cities, they still run numerous miles through rural areas and often pass through more than one city.

Van Buren is a town located in Carter County, Missouri. ... Willow Springs is a city located in Howell County, Missouri. ... Neosho is a city located in Newton County, Missouri. ... Mansfield is a city located in Wright County, Missouri. ... Seneca is a city located in Newton County, Missouri. ... Rogersville is a city located in Greene and Webster County, Missouri. ... Poplar Bluff is a city located in Butler County, Missouri. ... Sikeston is a city located in New Madrid and Scott County, Missouri. ... Dexter is a city located in Stoddard County, Missouri. ...

Related US routes

United States Highway 160 is an east-west United States highway. ... U.S. Highway 360 is a spur of U.S. Highway 60. ... U.S. Highway 460 is a spur of U.S. Highway 60. ... This list of United States Highways is grouped by the 1- or 2-digit parent highway. ...

Sources

  • Endpoints of US highways (used with permission)
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Primary U.S. Highways
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List of U.S. Highways - Bannered U.S. Highways

 
 

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