End of US highway 57

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Additional research and/or photo credits: Alex Nitzman; Stephen Taylor; me

Approx. time period North terminus South terminus
1970-present (near Moore, TX) Eagle Pass, TX

I have to begin by saying that Texas has a few oddball intra-state US routes. US 57 is one of them. Even though it clearly runs east/west, it has a north/south number, and it is signed north/south, too. On the other hand, US 96 is about as north/south as they come, but it has an east/west number. The universe would be much more harmonious if we could switch the numbers on these two routes. In fact, if those two numbers were reversed, they'd fit so perfectly into the "grand design" of the US route numbering system that one has to wonder whether some kind of mistake was made, in which the two route numbers were accidentally switched and assigned to the wrong highways. But historic maps show that US 96 had been around for years before US 57 was commissioned. According to Robert Droz' pages, in 1970 US 57 replaced what had been TX hwy. 57, which connects with Mexico highway 57 in Piedras Negras, Coahuila. Hwy. 57 is a pretty major route through Mexico, going all the way down to Mexico City - so maybe that's why TX 57 was deemed worthy of an "upgrade" to US route status. And it helps to explain why US 57 is signed north/south. And actually, the number "57" does make a little sense when viewed in context with nearby US 59; the map linked above shows both routes.

Anyway, the "north" end of US 57 is at its junction with I-35, about 3 miles south of Moore TX. The photo below is from southbound I-35:

Taylor, 2002

By 2007, that sign had been replaced with one identical in form and content, except for the new Clearview font:

me, Aug. 2013

Below is an overview of the interchange from the I-35 overpass; we're looking west along the north beginning of US 57:

Taylor, 2002

Traffic from southbound I-35 comes in from the right. Just past the Yield sign is the first southbound US 57 sign, shown close-up below:

me, Aug. 2013

Looking the opposite direction, the last northbound sign is just shy of the interchange:

me, Aug. 2013

Visible in the background is the embankment for the I-35 overpass, where US 57 ends, so that "North" tab should be replaced with an "End" tab. Here is the actual interchange:

me, Aug. 2013


The "south" end of US 57 is at the Mexico border crossing in Eagle Pass TX. Here is the last southbound sign:

me, Aug. 2013

That's looking west on Garrison Street; in the distance you can see the customs station that marks the end of the route. There was no "End" sign, but the shot below shows the terminus:

me, Aug. 2013

TX Spur 240 begins to the right on Commercial Street; that's as far as you can go before committing to crossing the International Bridge. Looking south on Commercial, US 57 begins to the left on Garrison:

me, Aug. 2013

The next photo shows the first northbound sign, heading east on Garrison:

me, Aug. 2013