End of US highway 84

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Photo credits: Paul DiGianfrancesco; Alan Hamilton; Jim Teresco; my parents; me
Additional research: Steve Williams

Approx. time period East terminus West terminus
1926-1934 Brunswick, GA Dothan, AL
1934-1938 Brunswick, GA Texico, NM
1938-1940 Brunswick, GA Cortez, CO
1940-1943 Brunswick, GA Santa Fe, NM
1943-1958 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.

In 1934 the US 84 designation was extended westward (see my US 65 page for related info on its route). At Muleshoe TX (northwest of Lubbock), it was co-signed with US 70, but it ended at its junction with US 60 in Texico NM. The photo below is looking west on US 70/US 84, right at the stateline (so we're actually looking out of Farwell TX and into Texico NM):

Hamilton, Aug. 2000

At far right is where westbound US 60 comes in - today the three routes are co-signed ahead for about 10 miles to Clovis. But in 1934, that junction marked the west end of US 84. Below we're looking the opposite direction (east on US 60/70/84):

Teresco, Nov. 2003

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

Then, for maybe a year or two around 1940, the west end was extended to Cortez CO (you can view photos from there on this page). However, that segment may have never actually been signed, because the route was soon truncated back to Santa Fe NM (photos on this page).

In 1943, the US 84 designation was extended north from Santa Fe to its current terminus just outside Pagosa Springs CO (although apparently the "west" end of US 84 is at Ft. Sumner NM, and the highway is signed "North"/"South" between there and Pagosa). The photo below is looking north at the junction with US 160, which runs across the photo:

me, July 2004

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:

my parents, Aug. 2003

Pagosa is a half-mile ahead. Below I've enlarged the control cities sign:

my parents, Aug. 2003

Note how the word "Springs" is left off that one. There are so many "Springs" in Colorado that they're often referred to simply by their first name (more on that here). Below we're heading the opposite direction (eastbound on US 160):

my parents, Aug. 2003

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 notice how the eastbound control city was Alamosa on the sign for traffic on 84 itself, above). US 84 begins to the right; the sign assembly in the median is enlarged below:

my parents, Aug. 2003

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. Nasiatka 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).