End of US highway 220

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Photo credits: H.B. Elkins; Steven Nelson; Adam Prince
Additional research: Mike Roberson

Approx. time period North terminus South terminus
1926-1930 Waverly, NY (Pennsylvania Av) Cumberland, MD
1930-1934 Waverly, NY (Pennsylvania Av) New Creek, WV
1934-1951 Waverly, NY (Pennsylvania Av) Rockingham, NC (1)
1951-1970 Waverly, NY (Pennsylvania Av) Rockingham, NC (2)
1970-1973 Waverly, NY (Pennsylvania Av) Rockingham, NC (3)
1973-present Waverly, NY (bypass) Rockingham, NC (3)

As far as I can tell, US 220 was never even so much as planned to connect with its implied parent, US 20, which is a good 75 miles further north. The only explanation I can think of for its number is that originally it did connect with US 120. But it's a north/south route, so an east/west number really wasn't appropriate (it's one of a surprisingly small group of 3dus routes whose numbers belie their direction). "US x01" or "US x11" would've been good choices, but I think "US x15" probably would've been the best.


The north end of US 220 has always been in Waverly NY; you can view photos from there on this page.


Originally the south end of US 220 was in Cumberland MD. It came into town on Bedford Street, ending at its junction with US 40, which at the time was Mechanic Street (with Centre Street as the westbound counterpart). The shot below is looking east on Mechanic:

Nelson, Sep. 2007

That was eastbound US 40, and US 220 began to the left on Bedford. In 1930, US 220 was extended further south to New Creek WV. Heading south from Keyser, one comes to the junction shown below:

Elkins

Today US 220 is directed to the left, bypassing New Creek a few miles to the east. But in 1930, US 220 was routed along today's WV hwy. 972, passing through New Creek and ending at US 50:

Elkins

The shot below was taken heading west on US 50:

Elkins

For a few years, the south beginning of US 220 was to the right...


...but then in 1934, US 220 was extended south to Rockingham NC, where it's remained ever since... although the exact endpoint has changed a couple times. Initially the terminus was downtown, at the junction of Hancock and Washington Streets. Below we're looking west on Washington:

Google Maps Street View, 2008

That was (and is still) southbound US 1, which continued to the left on Hancock. Straight ahead was the south beginning of US 15 from 1927 to 1935; the south beginning of US 411 from 1932 to 1934; and finally the south beginning of US 220 from 1935 to 1951.

After 1951, the endpoint was moved a couple blocks south of there, to Hancock and Broad Avenue (along which ran the "new" US 74). The photo below is looking east on Broad:

Google Maps Street View, 2008

For about 20 years, the south beginning of US 220 was to the left on Hancock. Then in 1970, modern US 220 was opened to traffic, and that's when the current terminus was established. The photo below shows the "End" sign where 220 merges into US 1, south of downtown:

Prince, 2000

Below is the turnoff from southbound US 1 onto the beginning of northbound US 220:

Prince, 2000