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Encyclopedia > U.S. Highway 96

US 96 is a north-south United States highway. Its number is a violation of the standard US highway naming convention on two counts: even numbered highways are generally east-west routes, and it lies entirely to the east of US 59 and mostly north of US 90. Odd 9x routes should run north-south in the western US, west of US 89, like US 95. Even 9x routes should run east-west in the southern US, south of US 90. US 96 thus is correctly in the southern US; however it runs in the wrong direction. And, since it is primarily north of US 90 it should be a lower unused number, say 86 or 88, a three-digit odd U.S. highway number not now in use, ideally related to one of the intersecting or close-by 'parent' routes (179, 359, 369, 471) if not be re-commissioned to a Texas state highway because it is intrastate and less than 300 miles in length. 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. ... United States Highway 59 is a north-south United States highway (though it is signed east-west in parts of Texas). ... United States Highway 90 is an east-west United States highway. ... US 95 is a north-south United States highway. ... United States Highway 90 is an east-west United States highway. ...


One theory about the highway's designation is that it was intended as a mirror-image of nearby US 69, which shares thirty miles (48 km) of its route and its southern terminus. For reference, another "misnamed" Texas US route is US 57, an east-west route which is named for the Texas state route it replaced, SR 57, which connects to Mexican Federal Highway 57. The actual reasons follow later in the article. US 69 is a north-south United States highway. ... State nickname: Lone Star State Other U.S. States Capital Austin Largest city Houston Governor Rick Perry Official languages None. ... United States Highway 57 is a north-south United States highway that follows a nearly east-west route in southwest Texas. ...

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Termini

As of 2004, the highway's northern terminus is in Tenaha, Texas at an intersection with U.S. Highway 59 and U.S. Highway 84. Its southern terminus (as well as those of US 287 and US 69) is in Port Arthur, Texas at an intersection with Texas State Highway 87, five miles (8 km) up the Sabine River from the Gulf of Mexico. 2004 is a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Tenaha is a town located in Shelby County, Texas. ... United States Highway 59 is a north-south United States highway (though it is signed east-west in parts of Texas). ... United States Highway 84 is an east-west United States highway. ... United States Highway 287 is a north-south United States highway. ... US 69 is a north-south United States highway. ... Port Arthur is a city located in Jefferson County, and is situated in East Texas. ... Sabine River can refer to: The Sabine River in the United States The Sabine River in New Zealand. ... The Gulf of Mexico is a major body of water bordered and nearly landlocked by North America. ...


Historic termini

The US 96 designation was originally applied in 1926 to an entirely different route, from Rosenberg, Texas near Houston to Pharr in the Rio Grande valley. This diagonal route, south of U.S. Highway 90, did not violate the convention of even numbers for east-west routes. The highway's east-west credentials were boosted in 1934, when US 96 was extended from Pharr to Laredo. In 1939, though, the US 96 designation was moved to the modern route, for reasons that defy understanding by some road buffs to this day. 1926 was a common year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ... Rosenberg is a city located in Fort Bend County, Texas. ... Skyline of Downtown Houston from Eleanor Tinsley Park Located in southeast Texas, Houston is the fourth largest city in the United States and one of the two largest economic areas in Texas. ... Pharr is a city located in Hidalgo County, Texas. ... This article is about the river that empties into the Gulf of Mexico. ... United States Highway 90 is an east-west United States highway. ... 1934 was a common year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... Laredo is the county seat of Webb County, Texas, United States, on the north shore of the Rio Grande (Rio Bravo), across from Nuevo Laredo, Mexico. ... 1939 was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ...


The actual explanation is simple, and begins at the intersection of US 96 and US 59: Current US 96 was originally the southern section of US 59. Current US 59 was originally US 96. To make US 59 a Canada-Mexico route, Texas switched the numbers.


States traversed

The highway passes through the following states:

State nickname: Lone Star State Other U.S. States Capital Austin Largest city Houston Governor Rick Perry Official languages None. ...

Related US Routes

This list of United States Highways is grouped by the 1- or 2-digit parent highway. ...

Sources and external links

  • Endpoints of US highways (http://www.geocities.com/usend9099/End096/end096.htm) (used with permission)
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Lists
List of U.S. Highways - Bannered U.S. Highways

 
 

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