End of US highway 67

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Photo credits: Joe Balsarotti; Monte Castleman; Chris Elbert; Jason Hancock; Jake; Jeff Morrison; Alex Nitzman; Cary Todd

Approx. time period North terminus South terminus
1926-1930 Fredericktown, MO Dallas, TX
1930-1934 Rock Island, IL Presidio, TX (old)
1934-1943 Dubuque, IA (4th) Presidio, TX (old)
1943-1967 Dubuque, IA (Dodge) Presidio, TX (old)
1967-1988(?) Sabula, IA Presidio, TX (old)
1988(?)-present Sabula, IA Presidio, TX (new)

US 67 was an original 1926 route, though at the time it was significantly shorter than it is today: Fredericktown MO to Dallas (you can view photos from there on this page). Why Fredericktown? Well, originally US 61 didn't run through Perryville to get between St. Louis and Cape Girardeau. Instead, it essentially followed today's US 67 corridor from St. Louis to Fredericktown; and then modern MO hwy. 72 from Fredtown to Cape G. So there was no reason for US 67 to go any further than Fredtown.

US 67 between St. Louis and Fredtown has been rerouted over the years. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think US 61 originally would've come into Fredtown from the north via what is now Route OO. On the edge of Fredtown it would've gone east via today's MO 72 (Trail of Tears Drive). But westbound MO 72 (Lincoln Drive) would've been the original east beginning of US 67.

The photo below was taken from the opposite perspective: it's looking north on westbound MO 72:

Balsarotti, Mar. 2006

As you can see, this is actually within the limits of Junction City, a tiny municipality that's pretty much surrounded by Fredericktown. Anyway, that view is from what would've been northbound US 61, which continued ahead via Route OO. To the left on MO 72 (Lincoln) was the east beginning of US 67. Heading northeast on Lincoln, the view looks like this:

Balsarotti, Mar. 2006

That would've been the end of US 67. Northbound US 61 was to the left, and southbound was to the right. (The sign at far right is the same one shown in the first photo above.)


Already by 1930 the south end of US 67 was extended to the Mexico border in Presidio TX. Until about 1988 the border crossing was in a different location, slightly to the south of the current terminus. Today US 67 bypasses the central part of Presidio, and border traffic has been rerouted to a newer crossing. The photo below shows the approach:

Jake, Jan. 2007

In the foreground you can see the American customs facility; just around the bend is the bridge into Mexico. I was surprised to see the snow-capped peaks in the distance... I believe that must be the Sierra del Hueso. Note the gore at lower left - we'll see that again in a photo below - but first, a closeup of the south end...

Elbert, Mar. 2007

...and next, a shot from across the Rio Grande, in the border town of Ojinaga (which to me sounds more like it should be in Japan):

Todd

US 67 becomes Mexico highway 16. Now, back to Texas - this is the view greeting drivers as they emerge from customs:

Elbert, Mar. 2007

Check out the mile marker on that pole! The gore just ahead is the same one visible in the first photo above - below is a closeup:

Elbert, Mar. 2007

Bluebonnets are a common sight along Texas highways. Mainline US 67 now goes to the left. The road to the right, now signed as Business 67, connects with original US 67 about a quarter-mile ahead: the junction of O'Reilly Street and Thompson Street. Thompson carried US 67 traffic south to Bridge Street, which in turn led to the original border crossing. That's been vacated now, and Bridge leads only to a property that appears to be owned by a private trucking company...

Elbert, Mar. 2007

...but if you look closely at that building with the covered pull-through, doesn't it look like that may have been the old customs building? If you know for sure, and/or if you know what word(s) used to be in that archway, please let me know.


Also in 1930, the north end of US 67 was extended to Rock Island IL; you can view photos from there on this page. Then in 1934, the north end of US 67 was extended into Dubuque IA. At first it ended on Locust Street at 4th Street:

Castleman, June 2007

That's looking west on 4th at Locust - you can see the Fenelon Place Elevator going up the bluff in the distance. US 67 began to the left. After about 10 years a new bridge was built, and then, as Jason puts it, "US 67 ended here at the intersection of Locust and Dodge Streets. This is looking northward on Locust, which carried US 67 (as well as US 52, US 61, and US 151 until the early 1990's)."

Hancock, May 2002

Dodge serves as US 20 across the Mississippi River to Illinois.


That was the situation until 1967, when the north end of US 67 was truncated back to its current terminus at US 52 just outside Sabula IA. The shot below is looking east on IA hwy. 64 at the north end of US 67:

Morrison, Apr. 2006 (unchanged as of 2009)

US 52 and IA 64 continue ahead into Sabula, and then on over the Mississippi. US 67 used to continue to the left with US 52 into Dubuque (see section above), which is about 44 miles to the north.

The photo below was taken heading west on US 52/IA 64...

Hancock, May 2002

...but that assembly has since been replaced:

Nitzman, Dec. 2009

The US 67 designation begins ahead with IA 64, while US 52 splits off to the right. Just ahead from there is the first confirming assembly:

Nitzman, Dec. 2009

In the photo below, the view is south on US 52:

Morrison, Apr. 2006 (unchanged as of 2009)

US 67 begins to the right. Larger versions of these photos (as well as others from this junction) can be viewed on Jeff's page, here.