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Encyclopedia > US 1

United States Highway 1 is a United States highway which parallels the east coast of the United States. It runs 2390 miles (3846 km) from Key West, Florida in the south to Fort Kent, Maine at the Canadian border in the north. It parallels Interstate 95, although for a longer route and usually further to the east. It connects the major cities of the east coast, including: Miami, Florida, Jacksonville, Florida, Augusta, Georgia, Columbia, South Carolina, Raleigh, North Carolina, Petersburg, Virginia, Richmond, Virginia, Fredericksburg, Virginia, Alexandria, Virginia, Washington, DC, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Trenton, New Jersey, Newark, New Jersey, New York City, New Haven, Connecticut, Providence, Rhode Island, and Boston, Massachusetts.

Theoretically, the highway is numbered "US 1" because it is the U.S. Federal Highway furthest east, and north-south highways are numbered east to west; however, several U.S. Highways run east of US 1, such as U.S. Highway 17. The location of the road is most likely explained by the wishes of several large cities to have a "major" road run through them; the location of the fall line at the foot of the Appalachian Mountains may have influenced US 1's location.

In many of the states through which it passes, the residents call it Route 1 rather than Highway 1 (and route often rhymes with boot).

In Virginia, it is also known as "Jefferson Davis Highway." The section from Miami, Florida to Jacksonville, Florida in most places closely follows the old route of the earlier Dixie Highway. From Jacksonville, US 1 follows one of the inland spurs of the Dixie Highway to Waycross, Georgia.

In Florida, where signs for U.S. Highways formerly had different colors for each highway (until they were forced by the federal government to conform to standards that required consistent black-and-white signs), the "shield" for US 1 was red.



As of 2004, the highway's northern terminus is in Fort Kent, Maine at the Canadian border, where it crosses the Saint John River and intersects Provincial Highway 205. Its southern terminus is in Key West, Florida, the southwesternmost island in the Florida Keys, where it is known as the Overseas Highway.

States traversed

An old-style US 1 shield in the .
An old-style US 1 shield in the Florida Keys.

The highway passes through the following states:

Related U.S. routes

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Preceded by:
No U.S. 0
List of United States Highways Followed by:
U.S. Highway 2

  Results from FactBites:
Connecticut US 1, 1A (2391 words)
US 1, 5, 6, and 7 were commissioned in 1926; US 44 and 202, in 1935.
US 1 was moved to the new road, and Main Street became US 1A for a few years.
US 1 was upgraded to a four-lane freeway here, with an interchange on each side: Route 80 in Old Saybrook (now Route 9), and Route 156 in Old Lyme.
U.S. Route 1 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (4269 words)
US 1 generally parallels Interstate 95, though it is significantly further inland (west) between Jacksonville, Florida and Petersburg, Virginia.
US 1 is also signed as State Route 4 for its entire length in the state.
US 1 is known as the "Fall Line Highway", since it generally follows the fall line between the Piedmont and the Atlantic Coastal Plain on its course through central North Carolina.
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