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Encyclopedia > U.S. Highway 61
The Dubuque-Wisconsin Bridge, Dubuque, Iowa. The bridge crosses the Mississippi River between Dubuque and Grant County, Wisconsin. The bridge is part of the U.S 61 / 151 route.
The Dubuque-Wisconsin Bridge, Dubuque, Iowa. The bridge crosses the Mississippi River between Dubuque and Grant County, Wisconsin. The bridge is part of the U.S 61 / 151 route.

United States Highway 61 is the official designation for a United States highway that once ran from New Orleans through Memphis and Iowa through Duluth, Minnesota all the way to the Canadian border. It was an important north-south connection in the days before the interstate highway system. Many southerners, particularly black southerners, travelled north along Highway 61 to go to St. Louis. (It did not run to Chicago, as often presumed by some fledgling blues afficionados). Image File history File links Route marker sign: U.S. Highway 61 File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Presented here is a photo of the Dubuque-Wisconsin Bridge that was taken by me in May of 2004. ... Presented here is a photo of the Dubuque-Wisconsin Bridge that was taken by me in May of 2004. ... A view of the bridge from Riverview Park, Dubuque The Dubuque-Wisconsin Bridge connects Dubuque, Iowa, with Grant County, Wisconsin. ... Downtown Dubuque and the Riverfront Dubuque is a city located in Dubuque County, Iowa. ... 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. ... Grant County is a county located in the state of Wisconsin. ... Construction on US 151 U.S. Highway 151 is a US highway that runs through the states of Iowa and Wisconsin. ... 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. ... City nickname: The Crescent City; The Big Easy; The City that Care Forgot Location Location of New Orleans Political Charateristics Country   State     Parish United States   Louisiana     Orleans Parish Mayor C. Ray Nagin Physical Characteristics Area      Land      Water 350. ... City nickname: The River City or The Bluff City Location in the state of Tennessee County Shelby County, Tennessee Area  - Total  - Water 763. ... State nickname: The Hawkeye State Other U.S. States Capital Des Moines Largest city Des Moines Governor Thomas Vilsack (D) Official languages English Area 145,743 km² (26th)  - Land 144,701 km²  - Water 1,042 km² (0. ... Duluth is a town in and the county seat of St. ... A typical rural stretch of Interstate Highway, with two lanes in each direction separated by a large grassy median, and with cross-traffic limited to overpasses and underpasses. ... African Americans, also known as Afro-Americans or black Americans, are an ethnic group in the United States of America whose ancestors, usually in predominant part, were indigenous to Sub-Saharan and West Africa. ... For the emotional state, see Depression (mood). ...


Originally 1,714 miles (2,758 km) long, the road has been shortened to 1400 miles (2,253 km) ending in Wyoming, Minnesota. Minnesota State Highway 61 runs to the Canadian border; then the highway continues to Thunder Bay, Ontario as Ontario provincial highway 61. Wyoming is a city located in Chisago County, Minnesota. ... Motto: Superior by nature. ... United States Highway 61 is the official designation for a United States highway that once ran from New Orleans through Memphis and Iowa through Duluth, Minnesota all the way to Thunder Bay, Ontario in Canada. ...


The road is also known as the Blues Highway, as it runs through the Mississippi delta country which was an important source of blues music. Son Thomas ("Highway 61") and Fred McDowell|Mississippi Fred McDowell ("61 Highway")and Jay Farrar of "Son Volt"("Aftreglow 61") all wrote songs about it, and many Mississippians, such as Muddy Waters and Bo Diddley took the blues to Chicago along the route. To the natives of the state of Mississippi the Mississippi Delta is the distinct northwest section of the state, generally between the Mississippi and Yazoo Rivers. ... For the emotional state, see Depression (mood). ... McKinley Morganfield (April 4, 1915 – April 30, 1983), better known as Muddy Waters, was an American blues musician and is generally considered the father of Chicago blues. ... Bo Diddleys emphasis on rhythm largely influenced popular music, especially that of rock and roll in the 1960s. ...


The junction of Highway 61 and Highway 49 was the famous crossroads where Robert Johnson supposedly sold his soul to the Devil in exchange for mastery of the blues. US 49 is a north-south United States highway. ... Robert Johnson Robert Leroy Johnson (May 8, 1911 – August 16, 1938) is probably the most famous Delta blues singer and guitarist in history. ... The soul according to many religious and philosophical traditions, is the ethereal substance — spirit (Hebrew:rooah or nefesh) — particular to a unique living being. ... The Devil is the name given to a supernatural entity who, in most Western religions, is the central embodiment of evil. ...


Blues singer Bessie Smith died in an automobile accident on Highway 61. Ike Turner's "Delta Cats" drove up Highway 61 to Memphis to record "Rocket 88", one of the first rock and roll records. Elvis Presley grew up in housing projects along it and Martin Luther King, Jr. was shot in a motel on Highway 61. Bob Dylan was born along a stretch of Highway 61, in Duluth, Minnesota. Some of these connections led Bob Dylan to commemorate the highway in the title song of his album Highway 61 Revisited. Bessie Smith photographed by Carl Van Vechten Bessie Smith (April 15, 1894 – September 26, 1937) in Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA was the most popular and successful blues singer of 1920s and 30s, and a huge influence on the singers who followed her. ... Ike Turner (born Izear Luster Turner Jr. ... City nickname: The River City or The Bluff City Location in the state of Tennessee County Shelby County, Tennessee Area  - Total  - Water 763. ... Rocket 88, a rhythm and blues song from 1951 claimed by Sun Records owner and pioneer rock and roll record producer Sam Phillips as the first rock and roll song. The record was credited to Jackie Brenston and his Delta Cats, but the band did not actually exist. ... There are many candidates for the title of the first Rock and Roll record. ... Elvis Presley Elvis Aron Presley (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977), also known as The King of Rock and Roll or The King, was an American singer and actor. ... Martin Luther King, Jr. ... Portrait photograph of Bob Dylan taken by Daniel Kramer Bob Dylan (born Robert Allen Zimmerman May 24, 1941) is a highly influential American songwriter, musician, and poet. ... Highway 61 Revisited was the sixth album released by folk musician Bob Dylan. ...

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Starting in the early 1980's, U.S. Highway 61 between Davenport and Dubuque was rebuilt as a four-lane highway. The first link, a 19-mile stretch between Davenport and De Witt, was finished in 1982; a bypass around De Witt, which multiplexed U.S. Highway 30, was in use starting in November 1975. Subsequent links were completed to Maquoketa (in 1996) and finally to Dubuque in 1999. When the final link was completed, Dubuque finally had a direct four-lane connection to Interstate 80. Dillon Fountain and Main St. ... Downtown Dubuque and the Riverfront Dubuque is a city located in Dubuque County, Iowa. ... Dillon Fountain and Main St. ... DeWitt is a city located in Clinton County, Iowa. ... 1982 is a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... DeWitt is a city located in Clinton County, Iowa. ... United States Highway 30 is an east-west United States highway that traverses the United States. ... For other uses, see November (disambiguation). ... 1975 was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1975 calendar). ... Maquoketa is a city located in Jackson County, Iowa. ... 1996 is a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... Downtown Dubuque and the Riverfront Dubuque is a city located in Dubuque County, Iowa. ... 1999 is a common year starting on Friday of the Common Era, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... Interstate 80 as seen from an overpass in Davis, California Interstate 80 is the second-longest interstate highway in the United States. ...


In 1983, two multi-lane one-way routes were designated through Davenport starting at the northern city limits. Southbound traffic used the newly constructed Welcome Way until it merges with Harrison Street just north of 35th Street; northbound traffic use Brady Street (which had been a two-way, four-lane street). Other two-way stretches of the highway through Davenport have four (or more) lanes. 1983 is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


A 7.5-mile bypass around Muscatine, Iowa was opened in 1984, but other upgrades on the stretch south of Davenport would not happen for another decade. The changes came as follows: Muscatine is a city located in Muscatine County, Iowa. ... 1984 is a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

  • 1996 – The completion of a 4-mile, four-lane stretch between Blue Grass and Interstate 280 in Davenport.
  • November 2000 — A 14-mile stretch between Blue Grass and the Muscatine bypass was opened.
  • May 2001 — A 3-mile bypass around Blue Grass.
  • July 2002 — A 7 1/2-mile stretch, from the Muscatine bypass to the southern tip of Muscatine, just north of Letts.

The final stretch completed a continuous multi-laned link between Dickeyville, Wisconsin south to Letts, Iowa. The highway joins with U.S. Highway 151 about five miles south of Dubuque, where the two highways share a route until Dickeyville. 1996 is a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... Blue Grass is a city located in Scott County, Iowa. ... Interstate 280 is a 26. ... For other uses, see November (disambiguation). ... This article is about the year 2000. ... This article is about the month of May. ... 2001: A Space Odyssey. ... July is the seventh month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and one of seven Gregorian months with the length of 31 days. ... 2002 is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Muscatine County is a county located in the state of Iowa. ... Letts is a city located in Louisa County, Iowa. ... Dickeyville is a village located in Grant County, Wisconsin. ... Letts is a city located in Louisa County, Iowa. ... Construction on US 151 U.S. Highway 151 is a US highway that runs through the states of Iowa and Wisconsin. ...


The 61 Drive In, one of the few Drive-in theaters left in the nation, is located along Highway 61. The theater is located about five miles (8 km) south of Maquoketa, Iowa, near Iowa exit 153 (the Delmar/Lost Nation exit). The 61 Drive In The movie screen. ... Drive-ins are an important pop-culture memory for many. ... Maquoketa is a city located in Jackson County, Iowa. ... Delmar is a city located in Clinton County, Iowa. ... Lost Nation is a city located in Clinton County, Iowa. ...


Northern section

The northern section in Minnesota was separated when Interstate 35 was constructed, and decommisioned in 1990. The 151 mile (243 km) long section between Duluth and Grand Portage (at the Canadian border) was redesignated as Minnesota State Highway 61. The section from Duluth to Two Harbors is a four-lane highway. Interstate 35 (I-35) is an interstate highway running north-south in the central United States. ... 1990 is a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Duluth is a town in and the county seat of St. ... Grand Portage is an unorganized territory located in Cook County, Minnesota, on Lake Superior, at the northeast corner of the state near the Ontario border. ... Two Harbors is a city located in Lake County, Minnesota. ...


The highway is a scenic highway and is part of the Lake Superior Circle Route that runs through Minnesota, Ontario, Michigan, and Wisconsin.


Termini

As of 2004, the highway's northern terminus is in Wyoming, Minnesota at an intersection with Interstate 35. Its southern terminus is in New Orleans, Louisiana at an intersection with US 90. 2004 is a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Wyoming is a city located in Chisago County, Minnesota. ... Interstate 35 (I-35) is an interstate highway running north-south in the central United States. ... City nickname: The Crescent City; The Big Easy; The City that Care Forgot Location Location of New Orleans Political Charateristics Country   State     Parish United States   Louisiana     Orleans Parish Mayor C. Ray Nagin Physical Characteristics Area      Land      Water 350. ... United States Highway 90 is an east-west United States highway. ...


States traversed

The highway passes through the following states:

State nickname: North Star State Other U.S. States Capital Saint Paul Largest city Minneapolis Governor Tim Pawlenty (R) Official languages None Area 225,365 km² (12th)  - Land 206,375 km²  - Water 18,990 km² (8. ... State nickname: Badger State State motto: Forward Other U.S. States Capital Madison Largest city Milwaukee Governor Jim Doyle (D) Official languages None Area 169,790 km² (23rd)  - Land 140,787 km²  - Water 28,006 km² (17%) Population (2000)  - Population 5,453,896 (18th)  - Density 38. ... State nickname: The Hawkeye State Other U.S. States Capital Des Moines Largest city Des Moines Governor Thomas Vilsack (D) Official languages English Area 145,743 km² (26th)  - Land 144,701 km²  - Water 1,042 km² (0. ... Missouri, named after the Missouri Siouan Indian tribe meaning canoe, is a Midwestern state in the United States with Jefferson City as its capital. ... State nickname: The Natural State Other U.S. States Capital Little Rock Largest city Little Rock Governor Mike Huckabee (R) Official languages English Area 137,732 km² (29th)  - Land 134,856 km²  - Water 2,876 km² (2. ... State nickname: Volunteer State Other U.S. States Capital Nashville Largest city Memphis Governor Phil Bredesen (D) Official languages English Area 109,247 km² (36th)  - Land 106,846 km²  - Water 2,400 km² (2. ... State nickname: Magnolia State Other U.S. States Capital Jackson Largest city Jackson Governor Haley Barbour (R) Official languages English Area 125,546 km² (32nd)  - Land 121,606 km²  - Water 3,940 km² (3%) Population (2000)  - Population 2,697,243 (31st)  - Density 23. ... State nickname: Pelican State Other U.S. States Capital Baton Rouge Largest city New Orleans Governor Kathleen Blanco (D) Official languages None; English and French de facto Area 134,382 km² (31st)  - Land 112,927 km²  - Water 21,455 km² (16%) Population (2000)  - Population 4,468,976 (22nd)  - Density 39. ...

Notable cities along the route

City nickname: The Crescent City; The Big Easy; The City that Care Forgot Location Location of New Orleans Political Charateristics Country   State     Parish United States   Louisiana     Orleans Parish Mayor C. Ray Nagin Physical Characteristics Area      Land      Water 350. ... Capitol Building Baton Rouge (pronounced in English, and in French) is the capital of Louisiana, a state of the United States of America. ... Natchez is a city located in Adams County, Mississippi. ... Illinois Memorial in the Vicksburg National Military Park Vicksburg is a city located in Warren County, Mississippi. ... Greenville is a city located in Washington County, Mississippi. ... Clarksdale is a city located in Coahoma County, Mississippi. ... City nickname: The River City or The Bluff City Location in the state of Tennessee County Shelby County, Tennessee Area  - Total  - Water 763. ... The Gateway Arch, shown here behind the Old Courthouse, is the most recognizable part of the St. ... Hannibal is a city located in Marion and Ralls County, Missouri. ... Dillon Fountain and Main St. ... Downtown Dubuque and the Riverfront Dubuque is a city located in Dubuque County, Iowa. ... Twin cities are either: two towns or cities that are geographically close to each other, and often referred to collectively; or two distant cities which, perhaps because of similar circumstances, such as industrial decline, or demographics, agree to partner each other and share expertise (e. ... Duluth is a town in and the county seat of St. ...

Related links

US 49 is a north-south United States highway. ... 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 list of United States Highways is grouped by the 1- or 2-digit parent highway. ... This is a list of Minnesota state highways. ... Highway 61 Revisited was the sixth album released by folk musician Bob Dylan. ... 1965 was a common year starting on Friday (link goes to calendar). ... Portrait photograph of Bob Dylan taken by Daniel Kramer Bob Dylan (born Robert Allen Zimmerman May 24, 1941) is a highly influential American songwriter, musician, and poet. ... Highway 61 is a 1991 film by Canadian director Bruce McDonald. ... 1991 is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Bruce McDonald (born May 28, 1959 in Kingston, Ontario) is a Canadian film and television director. ...

Quotations

I drove all the way from Storyville on a midnight Memphis run
From Bourbon Street to Beale Street straight up Highway 61
"Rose of Memphis", Rodney Crowell, Guy Clark
Now the rovin' gambler he was very bored
He was tryin' to create a next world war
He found a promoter who nearly fell off the floor
He said I never engaged in this kind of thing before
But yes I think it can be very easily done
We'll just put some bleachers out in the sun
And have it on Highway 61.
"Highway 61 Revisited", Bob Dylan

Texas singer/songwriter, considered as a part of both the Alt Country and the mainstream Country music camps. ... Guy Clark (born 1941) is a country songwriter and performer. ... Portrait photograph of Bob Dylan taken by Daniel Kramer Bob Dylan (born Robert Allen Zimmerman May 24, 1941) is a highly influential American songwriter, musician, and poet. ...

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  Results from FactBites:
 
End of U.S. Highway 61 (304 words)
It used to be that US 61 continued north from Wyoming (along present-day state highways and county roads) through Duluth, and then along the scenic North Shore of Lake Superior, all the way to the Canada border - first to Pigeon River, and later to Grand Portage.
US 61 used to come in on Canal Street, ending at Broad Avenue (US 90).
Westbound US 90 actually continues to the left on Tulane, but left turns are not allowed at the intersection, so traffic is directed straight ahead, where it makes a u-turn on the far side of Tulane.
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