End of US highway 61

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Photo credits: Andy Field; Brent Ivy; Martin Karner; Jeff Morrison; Alex Nitzman; Greg Osbaldeston

Approx. time period North terminus South terminus
1926-1960s Pigeon River, MN New Orleans, LA (Canal)
1960s-1990 (near Grand Portage, MN) New Orleans, LA (Broad)
1990-present Wyoming, MN New Orleans, LA (Broad)

Currently, the north end of US 61 is in Wyoming MN, at a somewhat disappointing and inconspicuous interchange with I-35:

Osbaldeston, Sep. 2002

From Forest Lake, US 61 heads north on Forest Boulevard into Wyoming. It used to continue north from there, but now the designation is routed west on Viking Boulevard, and US 61 ends at I-35's exit 135 (just ahead in the photo). The shot below shows the exit from northbound I-35:

Morrison, Mar. 2007

If you exit there and turn right, you'll see the first southbound assembly:

Morrison, Mar. 2007

That's actually heading east, but the signal ahead is original US 61, and there traffic is directed to the south (right). You can view Jeff Morrison's page for more photos and commentary regarding this terminus.


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. You can view photos from both places and get more info on this page.


The south end of US 61 has always been in downtown New Orleans, although the exact terminus has changed (you can get more details on this page). Since sometime in the 1960s, US 61 comes in on Tulane Avenue and ends at Broad Street, four blocks southwest of the historic terminus. This first photo is looking down Tulane:

Field/Ivy/Nitzman, Nov. 2008

Straight ahead on Tulane is westbound US 90. Eastbound is actually to the left on Broad, but left turns are not permitted at that intersection, so traffic is supposed to turn right on Broad and then turn around. The right turn arrow is so faded it's almost illegible... but unfortunately that's par for the course in terms of approach signage at this intersection. Behind that assembly is a hurricane evacuation sign, the front side of which we'll see below. Just ahead an "End" sign is posted:

Nitzman, 1999

That sign hasn't changed in many years:

Karner, Jun. 2013

A closer look reveals that the "End" tab was formerly a "West" tab:

Field/Ivy/Nitzman, Nov. 2008

Westbound US 90 is straight ahead (even though that's southeast), and eastbound US 90 is to the left on Broad (although you can't make that movement here). The photo below shows a sign assembly that used to be posted heading southwest on Broad, at the right-hand turn marking the south beginning of US 61:

Nitzman, 1999

Westbound US 90 actually continues to the left on Tulane, but left turns are not allowed, so traffic is directed straight ahead, where it makes a u-turn on the far side of Tulane. That sign is gone now; its replacement is shown below:

Karner, Jun. 2013

Heading up Tulane on eastbound US 90, there is a junction sign...

Field/Ivy/Nitzman, Nov. 2008

...but no further direction (namely, that you should go straight for US 61, and turn right if you want to continue east on US 90). If you do continue straight on Tulane, the first northbound US 61 marker is posted in the median:

Field/Ivy/Nitzman, Nov. 2008

We saw the backside of that blue sign in a photo above; hidden behind it is the junction US 90 signage.