Texas State Highway 79

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State Highway 79 marker

State Highway 79
Route information
Maintained by TxDOT
Length96.203 mi[1] (154.824 km)
Existed1923–present
Major junctions
South end US 183 / US 283 in Throckmorton
  US 281 in Wichita Falls
US 82 / US 287 in Wichita Falls
North end SH-79 at Oklahoma state line
Highway system
SH 78SH 80

State Highway 79 or SH 79 is a state highway in the U.S. state of Texas that runs 96.203 miles (154.824 km) from Throckmorton to the Oklahoma state line near Byers.

Route description[edit]

SH 79 begins at an intersection with US 183/US 283 in Throckmorton; the highway runs in an east-west direction until FM 926, east of Elbert. The highway turns northeast, running to Olney and Archer City; the highway enters Wichita Falls and almost immediately begins an overlap with US 281 on the Henry S. Grace Freeway. At the interchange with US 82/US 287, US 281 travels north to downtown while SH 79 travels to the east. Shortly after joining US 82/287, SH 79 leaves the highways and runs on the eastern edge of the city as the Waurika Freeway. SH 79 runs through Dean, Petrolia and Byers before entering Oklahoma as OK‑79.

History[edit]

It was originally designated on August 21, 1923, from Wichita Falls to Olney, replacing a portion of SH 22.[2] On October 11, 1927, it extended southwest to Throckmorton.[3] On April 24, 1928, it extended northeast to the Oklahoma border.[4] On April 24, 1933, the section from Olney to Elbert was cancelled[5], but restored on December 18, 1933;[6] this section was completed by 1938. The route was previously proposed as the northern sections of SH 22 and SH 23; the intersection of SH 79 and SH 25, in Archer City, was the location for the filming of movie The Last Picture Show in 1971.

Junction list[edit]

CountyLocationmikmDestinationsNotes
ThrockmortonThrockmorton US 183 / US 283 – Seymour, Breckenridge, Albany
FM 2356 north
FM 2459 north
Elbert FM 1711 southSouth end of FM 1711 overlap
FM 1711 northNorth end of FM 1711 overlap
Young FM 578 south
FM 926 east – Newcastle
FM 2898 north – Megargel
FM 3366 north – Olney Municipal Airport
Spur 132 north
Olney SH 251 south – Newcastle
FM 210 west – Megargel
SH 114 – Megargel, Loving
FM 1768 east – Markley
ArcherArcher City SH 25 – Mankins, Windthorst
FM 2224 north
FM 1954 – Holliday
Lakeside City FM 2380 north (Kemp Boulevard)
WichitaWichita Falls FM 369 west (Southwest Parkway) / Loop 473 (Old Jacksboro Highway)Interchange
US 281 south (Henry S. Grace Freeway) – JacksboroSouth end of US 281 overlap/freeway
Hatton Road – Kickapoo Downtown Airport
Midwestern Parkway
US 82 west / US 281 north / US 287 north to I-44 – Seymour, Amarillo, LawtonNorth end of US 281 overlap; south end of US 82/287 overlap
Old Windthorst Road
US 82 east / US 287 south – Henrietta, Fort WorthNorth end of US 82/287 overlap
Hammon RoadSouthbound exit and northbound entrance

Bus. US 287 (Old Henrietta Highway)
Southbound exit via the Petrolia Road exit
Petrolia RoadSouthbound exit and northbound entrance; north end of freeway
Clay FM 3393 west (Old Petrolia Road)South end of FM 3393 overlap
Dean FM 3393 east (Tammen Road)North end of FM 3393 overlap
FM 2393 – Thornberry, Jolly
Petrolia SH 148 south / FM 810 north – Henrietta, Charlie
Byers FM 171 eastSouth end of FM 171 overlap
FM 171 west – CharlieNorth end of FM 171 overlap
SH-79 north – WaurikaContinuation into Oklahoma
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

  1. ^ Transportation Planning and Programming Division (n.d.). "State Highway No. 79". Highway Designation Files. Texas Department of Transportation. Retrieved July 21, 2018.
  2. ^ (PDF) https://publicdocs.txdot.gov/minord/MinuteOrderDocLib/003676878.pdf. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ (PDF) https://publicdocs.txdot.gov/minord/MinuteOrderDocLib/003676983.pdf. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ (PDF) https://publicdocs.txdot.gov/minord/MinuteOrderDocLib/003676991.pdf. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ (PDF) https://publicdocs.txdot.gov/minord/MinuteOrderDocLib/003673827.pdf. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  6. ^ (PDF) https://publicdocs.txdot.gov/minord/MinuteOrderDocLib/003673842.pdf. Missing or empty |title= (help)