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End of US highway 84

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Additional research and/or photo credits: Paul DiGianfrancesco; Alan Hamilton; J.P. Nasiatka; Matt Salek; Jim Teresco; Steve Williams; my parents; me

Approx. time period East terminus West terminus
1926-1933 Brunswick, GA Dothan, AL
1936-1937 Brunswick, GA Texico, NM
1937-1938 Brunswick, GA Santa Fe, NM
1938-1940 Brunswick, GA Cortez, CO
1940-1941 Brunswick, GA Santa Fe, NM
Approx. time period East terminus North terminus
1941-1958 Brunswick, GA Pagosa Springs, CO
1958-1978 Jekyll Island, GA Pagosa Springs, CO
1978-1989 Brunswick, GA Pagosa Springs, CO
1989-present (near Midway, GA) Pagosa Springs, CO
Point where signage changes from "East/West" to "North/South": Ft. Sumner, NM

US 84 was an original 1926 route, although at the time it ran only from Brunswick GA to Dothan AL (you can view photos from there on this page). In Brunswick, US 84 probably ended at its junction with US 17 southwest of Brunswick (you can view photos on this page). However, it's possible that US 84 would've been co-signed with US 17 to a common terminus with US 341, closer to Brunswick. If so, photos from where I believe this junction was located can be seen on my US 341 page.

A 1934 Alabama map shows that US 84 had been extended across that state, but apparently there was no bridge over the Tombigbee River west of Coffeeville. Instead, US 84 was directed south from Grove Hill (along US 43) to Wagarville, and then west on today's AL hwy. 56 to Chatom, where ALDoT maps show it ending all the way until about 1950. However, this gap was apparently ignored, because 1935 was the first Mississippi map to show US 84, and 1936 was the first Texas map to show the route. Despite the confusion around the AL/MS stateline, it seems clear that by 1936 the US 84 designation had been extended westward (see my US 65 page for related info on its route). At Muleshoe TX (northwest of Lubbock), it joined with US 70, but it ended at its junction with US 60 in Texico NM. The photo below is looking west on US 70-84, right at the stateline (so we're actually looking out of Farwell TX and into Texico NM):

me, Aug. 2015 (view original photo)

Westbound US 60 comes in from the right on State Street and continues straight ahead. That triplex lasts for about 10 miles, until US 70 splits off at Clovis. But in 1936, US 84 ended here at its junction with US 60. The photo below was taken looking the opposite direction (east on US 60-70-84):

Teresco, Nov. 2003 (sign had been changed by the time of my 2015 visit)

US 60 splits off here, and straight ahead used to be the west beginning of US 84.

That didn't last long: by 1937, US 84 was extended to Santa Fe NM (you can view photos from there on this page). And by the following year, maps show that the west end was extended to Cortez CO (photos on this page). However, that segment may have never actually been signed, because the route was truncated back to Santa Fe in 1940. In 1941, the US 84 designation was extended north from Santa Fe to its current terminus on the edge of Pagosa Springs CO.

Perhaps it was during this timeframe that NMDoT made the decision to change the way it signed US 84. At any rate, today the "west" end of US 84 is actually at Ft. Sumner NM, because to the north and west from there, NM signs it as a north-south route.

During my 2015 visit to the Pagosa area, I noted that Colorado does not use directional tabs anywhere on its 28-mile segment of US 84, but if you look at a map, it's hard to imagine CDoT would view it as an east-west route. And Matt points out that Colorado's zero milepost is at the state line, which would not be the case if it were considered to run east-west. So I'm referring to Pagosa as the "north" end of US 84. Heading that direction, the last US 84 trailblazer is posted at the Rito Blanco bridge, nine miles before the route terminates:

me, Apr. 2015 (full-rez version here)

Heading north on US 84 brings you ever closer to the San Juan Mountains, and the panorama shown below fills the windshield just before you drop down into Pagosa...

me, Apr. 2015 (full-rez version here)

...but since US 160 runs along the San Juan River, US 84 drops down into the valley just ahead, and as a result those mountains are not visible from the junction that marks the highway's terminus:

me, July 2004 (full-rez version here; essentially the same as of 2015)

US 84 ends there; downtown Pagosa is about a half-mile to the left. The photo below shows the signage from westbound US 160 at the beginning of US 84:

me, Apr. 2015 (full-rez photos here, here, and here)

Below we're heading the opposite direction (eastbound on US 160):

my parents, Aug. 2003

The photo below shows the same perspective, 12 years later:

me, Apr. 2015 (full-rez version here)

Note that the control cities have changed. The peaks visible in the distance are part of the south San Juans. You have to cross those via spectacular Wolf Creek Pass to reach Del Norte and Alamosa; the large VMS sign is probably most often used to warn drivers of winter conditions on that pass. US 84 begins to the right; the sign assembly in the gore is enlarged below:

me, Apr. 2015 (full-rez version here)

If you take that right turn, there is no US 84 confirming marker. The first southbound trailblazer is essentially right across the road from the last northbound sign, which as I mentioned above is about nine miles away from Pagosa.

There was a period (I'm told this began in 1958) during which US 84 was signed past Brunswick, all the way out to Jekyll Island (there's a 1973 photo on that page that shows evidence of this). J.P. recalls seeing US 84 shields at the junction of today's US 17 and GA hwy. 520 in 1977. If you follow GA 520 east from there today, there's an "End" assembly at the bridge landing on Jekyll Island:

DiGianfrancesco, Oct. 2007

That's probably where US 84 ended, too. Matter of fact, there's evidence that officially US 84 continued to end there all the way until 1989 (which is when it was swapped with US 82), and that US 82 still extends this far east (according to state route logs). However, it was about 1978 when all US 84 signs east of I-95's interchange 29 were removed (you can view photos from there on this page), and US 82 has never been signed all the way to Jekyll Island. US 84's signed endpoint remained at exit 29 until a new bypass was built around Waycross GA in 1989. J.P. explains that - as a result of the new road alignments there - it made sense to switch the US 82 and US 84 designations east of Waycross. So now the east end of US 84 is at its junction with I-95 at exit 76, about 3 miles east of Midway (you can view photos from there on this page).