Missouri Route 73

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Route 73
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Route information
Maintained by MoDOT
Length 20.034 mi [1] (32.242 km)
Existed 1926 – present
Major junctions
South endUS 65.svg US 65 in Buffalo
North endUS 54.svg US 54 near Macks Creek
Highway system
MO-72.svg Route 72 Route 74 MO-74.svg

Missouri Route 73 is a short state highway in southwest Missouri. It runs from an intersection with U.S. Route 65 in the northern part of Buffalo in Dallas County to U.S. Route 54 near Macks Creek in Camden County. The route is two lanes for its entire length. [2]

Missouri State of the United States of America

Missouri is a state in the Midwestern United States. With over six million residents, it is the 18th-most populous state of the Union. The largest urban areas are St. Louis, Kansas City, Springfield, and Columbia; the capital is Jefferson City. The state is the 21st-most extensive in area. In the South are the Ozarks, a forested highland, providing timber, minerals, and recreation. The Missouri River, after which the state is named, flows through the center of the state into the Mississippi River, which makes up Missouri's eastern border.

U.S. Route 65 is a north–south U.S. highway that runs from Clayton, Louisiana to Albert Lea, Minnesota. In Missouri, the highway enters the state from Arkansas, just south of Branson. The highway exits the state into Iowa near South Lineville.

Buffalo, Missouri City in Missouri, United States

Buffalo is a city in Dallas County, Missouri, United States. The population was 3,084 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Dallas County.

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Route description

Route 73 begins at U.S. Route 65 in the northern tip of the town of Buffalo in Dallas County. It runs east for a short time before turning to the northeast and intersecting Route DD. The highway heads farther northeast and meets Route 64 in Pumpkin Center. North of the Route 64 intersection, the highway runs through Tunas. In Tunas, Route 73 intersects Routes D and E. Farther northeast, the route meets Route PP before crossing into Camden County. [2]

Dallas County, Missouri County in the United States

Dallas County is a county located in the U.S. state of Missouri. As of the 2010 census, the population was 16,777. Its county seat is Buffalo. The county was organized in 1842 as Niangua County and then renamed in 1844 for George M. Dallas, who served as Vice President under James K. Polk.

Route 64 is a highway in central Missouri with endpoints of Route 254 south of Hermitage and Route 5 in Lebanon.

Tunas, Missouri unincorporated community in Missouri

Tunas is an unincorporated community in northern Dallas County, Missouri, United States. It lies fourteen miles north of Buffalo on Route 73 and approximately seven miles east of Urbana on Route D. The town is located on Route 73, just southwest of the Little Niangua River. Tunas is part of the Springfield, Missouri Metropolitan Statistical Area.

In Camden County, Route 73 heads through the Branch Towersite and the town of Branch. It then ends at U.S. Route 54 southwest of Macks Creek. [2]

Branch is an unincorporated community in southwestern Camden County, Missouri, United States. It is located on Route 73, approximately midway between U.S. Route 54 and Tunas. Branch formerly had a post office, but mail service is now provided from Macks Creek.

U.S. Route 54 is a west-east highway that starts from the Kansas state line in Nevada to the Illinois state line in Louisiana.

Macks Creek, Missouri Census-designated place in Missouri, United States

Macks Creek is an unincorporated community and census-designated place in southwest Camden County, Missouri, United States. The population was 244 at the 2010 census.

No portion of Route 73 is a part of the National Highway System, [3] a system of highways important to the nation's defense, economy, and mobility. [4]

National Highway System (United States) highway system in the United States

The National Highway System (NHS) is a network of strategic highways within the United States, including the Interstate Highway System and other roads serving major airports, ports, rail or truck terminals, railway stations, pipeline terminals and other strategic transport facilities. Altogether, it constitutes the largest highway system in the world.

History

Before the U.S. Highway system was established, Route 73 was part of Route 15. [5] In 1926, a significant part of Route 15 became U.S. Route 54, including the section that is today Route 73. [6] Sometime between 1932 and 1935, US 54 was realigned to the north (switching places with Route 64), rejoining its old alignment west of Macks Creek. The diagonal section cut off between Buffalo and Macks Creek became Route 73. [7]

Route 15 is a highway in northeast Missouri. Its northern terminus is at the Iowa state line about thirteen miles (19 km) north of Memphis; its southern terminus is at U.S. Route 54 in Mexico.

Junction list

CountyLocationmi [1] kmDestinationsNotes
Dallas Buffalo 0.0000.000US 65.svg US 65 Southern terminus
1.1201.802MO-supp-DD.svg Route DDWestern terminus of Route DD
6.1679.925MO-64.svg Route 64  Louisburg, Lebanon
Tunas 13.85922.304MO-supp-D.svgMO-supp-E.svg Route D / Route E Urbana, Lead Mine Western terminus of Route E; Eastern terminus of Route D
15.77525.387MO-supp-PP.svg Route PPEastern terminus of Route PP
Camden 20.03432.242US 54.svg US 54  Preston, Camdenton Northern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

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References

  1. 1 2 Missouri Department of Transportation (October 27, 2012). MoDOT HPMAPS (Map). Missouri Department of Transportation. Retrieved October 27, 2012.
  2. 1 2 3 "Google Maps Overview of Route 73" . Retrieved October 28, 2012.
  3. "NHS Map of Missouri" (PDF). Federal Highway Administration . Retrieved October 28, 2012.
  4. "National Highway System". Federal Highway Administration . Retrieved October 28, 2012.
  5. Map Showing State Roads and Route Numbers (Map). Missouri State Highway Commission. 1923. Retrieved October 13, 2007.[ permanent dead link ]
  6. Map Showing State Roads and Route Numbers (Map). Missouri State Highway Commission. 1927. Retrieved October 13, 2007.[ permanent dead link ]
  7. Weekly Detour Map (Map). Missouri State Highway Commission. 1935. Retrieved October 13, 2007.[ permanent dead link ]