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    N-24A

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Nebraska Highways 1 to 30
South end of N-27
The southern segment of N-27 is perhaps just over 1/2 mile in length, and meets up with Kansas route 27 south of Haigler. Photo taken by Robert Hanolen.

Pre-1927 Route Decommissioned
1927-1950
Decommissioned
1950-1975
Decommissioned
since 1975
Current assignment
Name Details
N-1

Alignment: Murray (US-75) to US-34/US-75 south of Elmwood

Distance: 26.88 miles

History and Notes: Designated in 1926; previously was N-5A.

Old N-1

Grant Highway
Grant Highway

Blue Pole Route
Blue Pole Route

Alignment: Wyoming border west of Harrison to Iowa border at South Sioux City

History and Notes: Designated in the mid 1920's, replacing the series of numbers assigned in 1922 (N-79, N-78, N-77, N-65, and N-49 from west to east), and was changed in 1926 to the newly created US-20.

This route was originally part of the Grant Highway from Sioux City to O'Neill, and the Blue Pole Route from O'Neill to the Wyoming border.

Old N-1A

Alignment: Bassett to west of Springview

History and Notes: Designated in the mid 1920's; was N-66 under the 1922 numbering system. Changed to N-55 in 1926, US-83 by 1935, US-183 by 1947, and to N-7 (the current designation) around 1966.

Old N-1B

Alignment: Ainsworth to N-1 (US-20) west of Springview

History and Notes: Previously N-65 in the 1922 numbering system, N-1B was designated in 1926, but changed to a segment of N-7 by 1935. The Ainsworth to Johnstown segment is currently part of US-20; the remainder is an unnumbered road.

Old N-1C

Alignment: N-1 (current US-20) east of Clinton to South Dakota border

History and Notes: Designated in 1926. Changed to part of N-27 (the current designation) by 1935.

Old N-1D

Alignment: Harrison to Agate Fossil Beds

History and Notes: Designated in the mid 1920's, and renumbered as N-63 in 1926. Became part of N-29 (current designation) by 1932.

Old N-1E

Alignment: Valentine to South Dakota border

History and Notes: Designated in the mid 1920's; changed to N-60 in 1926, then to US-183 by 1933, and then US-83 (current designation) by 1947.

Old N-1F

Alignment: Atkinson to 6 miles south of Atkinson

History and Notes: Part of N-48 in the 1922 numbering system; changed to N-54 in 1926, then to part of N-11 (the current designation) by 1935.

N-2

Potash Hwy
Potash Hwy

Sandhills Journey Scenic Byway

Alignment:
West segment: South Dakota border (SD-71) near Ardmore, SD, to I-80 southeast of Grand Island
East segment: Lincoln (US-77) to Iowa border (IA-2) near Nebraska City

Distance: West segment: 370.83 miles. East segment: 51.41 miles.

Multiplexing: South Dakota border to 12 miles west of Hemingford (shared with N-71); with US-20 through Crawford; Berea to west side of Alliance (shared with US-385); Thedford to 1 mile east (shared with US-83); Merna to Ansley (shared with N-92); with US-183 for about 1/2 mile near Ansley; Grand Island (11 miles shared with US-34 and US-281); with US-75 for 2 miles around southwest side of Nebraska City

Intersecting Interstates: I-80, exit 318 (southeast of Grand Island)

NHS: Alliance to Grand Island, and Lincoln to Iowa border

Expressway/Multi-Lane Segments: West side of Grand Island (shared alignment with US-281); Lincoln to Iowa border

Spurs and Alternates: Business N-2 through Nebraska City

History and Notes: History of N-2:

  • 1922: 8 separate numbers were assigned to the route from Alliance to Nebraska City. This included N-20, N-33, N-42, N-59, N-73, N-74, N-75 and N-76. The Alliance to Grand Island segment was part of the Potash Highway, and the segment from Grand Island to Lincoln part of the Seward-York-Aurora Highway.
  • 1926: N-2 assigned to the Crawford to Grand Island segment; from there, N-2 extended south to Red Cloud. The route from Grand Island to Lincoln was numbered as N-11, and the Lincoln to Nebraska City segment N-24.
  • By 1933: N-2 applied on the Grand Island to Nebraska City route. The segment of N-2 south from Grand Island became part of US-281.

The two current sections of N-2 were once linked via a shared alignment with US-34, from Grand Island to Lincoln.

Attractions Along the Way: Hudson-Meng Bison Bonebed Enclosure (north of Crawford); Warbonnet Battlefield (north of Crawford); Ft. Robinson State Historical Park (west of Crawford); Carhenge (Alliance); Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer (Grand Island); State Capitol (Lincoln); Lincoln Children's Museum (Lincoln)

Old N-2A

Alignment: Loup City to Ravenna

History and Notes: First numbered as N-61 in the 1922 numbering system, N-2A was designated in the mid 1920's, and changed to N-58 in 1926. The southern segment was changed to N-68 by 1935.

Old N-2B

Alignment: Brewster to Dunning

History and Notes: Designated in the mid 1920's; this was replaced by N-59 in 1926. By 1932, it became a part of N-7, and was redesignated as part of N-91 between 1955 and 1961.

Old N-3

Alignment: Colorado border west of Haigler to Iowa border near Brownville

History and Notes: N-3 was an early designation of US-34 (Colorado border to Edison) and US-136 (Edison to Missouri border), and was numbered as such beginning in 1926. Prior to this, in 1922, the Colorado to Culbertson segment was N-70 (aka "Burlington Hwy"), and the Culbertson to Oxford segment was N-67 ("Omaha-Lincoln-Denver Hwy"). The Colorado to Edison segment became US-34 in 1939, and the balance of the route was renumbered US-136 in 1960.

Old N-3B

Alignment: Oxford to west of Stamford

History and Notes: Part of N-67 in the 1922 numbering system, N-3B was designated in the mid 1920's, and renumbered as N-46 (current designation) in 1926.

Old N-3C

Alignment: Trenton south to Kansas border

History and Notes: Designated in the mid 1920's, and changed to N-25 (current designation) in 1926.

Old N-3S Alignment: Superior to south of Burchard

History and Notes: A southern branch of N-3, created after 1926. Changed to N-8 sometime between 1955 and 1961.

N-4

Alignment: US-6/US-34, 6 miles southwest of Atlanta, to US-75, 2 miles north of Dawson

Distance: 205.42 miles

Multiplexing: Shared alignment with US-281 for 3.66 miles (southwest of Blue Hill); with N-14 for 1 mile (east of Lawrence); with US-81 for 1 mile (south of Bruling); with N-15 for 1 mile (north of Fairbury); with N-50 west of Table Rock; with US-136 for 11.5 miles (from the west side of Beatrice to 2 miles southwest of Filley); with N-50 for 1.23 miles (north of Burchard); and with N-105 (from Humboldt 3 miles westward).

History and Notes: Much of this route did not exist in the 1926 numbering system. Only the Beatrice to Dawson segment (N-18 in 1922, N-26 in 1926) existed. When the present N-4 alignment was created, it originally ended at US-183 (former US-83). An extension from Ragan west to the current intersection with US-6/US-34 was completed after 1954.

Attractions Along the Way: Homestead National Monument (Beatrice)

Old N-4

Meridian Highway
Meridian Hwy

Alignment: South Dakota border near Yankton, SD, to Kansas border south of Hebron

History and Notes: The "Meridian Highway", old N-4 was designated in the mid 1920's, and renumbered as US-81 in 1926. In the 1922 numbering system, it carried the numbers of N-29 (Wasau to Madison), N-28 (Madison to Columbus), N-43 (Columbus to Osceola), N-27 (Osceola to Stromsburg), N-26 (Stromsburg to Fairmont), and N-25 (Fairmont to Kansas line).

N-5

Alignment: N-4 east of Davenport to US-136 near Deshler

Distance: 11.04 miles

History and Notes: Not part of the 1926 highway system, but designated by 1940.

Old N-5

George Washington National Highway
George Washington National Highway

King of Trails Highway
King of Trails Highway

Alignment: Iowa border at South Sioux City to Kansas border south of Falls City

History and Notes: Designated in the mid 1920's, and changed in 1926 to the following: US-75 (South Sioux City to Oakland, and Omaha to Howe); and US-73 (Howe to Kansas border). The segment from Oakland to Omaha (which had remained N-5) was renumbered as part of a US-73 extension in the 1930's. Currently, this segment is N-32 from Oakland to Tekamah, and US-75 from Tekamah to Omaha.

In the 1922 numbering system, this route consisted of N-13 (South Sioux City to Oakland), N-12 (Oakland to Omaha), N-11 (Omaha to Auburn) and N-10 (Auburn to Kansas line).

Old N-5A

Alignment: Elmwood to Murray

History and Notes: Numbered as N-24 in the 1922 highway system, N-5A was designated in the mid 1920's, then changed to part of N-1 (the current designation) in 1926.

Old N-5B

Alignment: Decatur to Tekamah

History and Notes: Designated in the mid 1920's, and renumbered as N-51 in 1926. In the 1930's, this became US-73E, and was renumbered as part of mainline US-73 in 1957. In 1984, it was made part of US-75 when that route was moved off the I-29 alignment in Iowa.

US-6

Omaha-Lincoln-Denver Hwy
Omaha- Lincoln- Denver Highway

Grand Army Highway
Grand Army of the Republic Highway

Omaha Reconstruction

Alignment: Colorado border (US-6) west of Imperial to Iowa border (I-480/US-6) at Omaha

Distance: 373.04 miles

Intersecting Interstates: I-80 on northeast side of Lincoln; I-680 at Omaha; I-480 at Omaha

Multiplexing: Shared alignment with with N-61 from Imperial 10 miles southeast; with US-34 from west of Culbertson to Hastings (140.36 miles); with US-183 for 1.5 miles through McCook; with N-44 for 4 miles around Axtell; with US-281 for about 0.5 miles through Hastings; with N-14 for 3 miles north of Clay Center; with N-15 from 3.5 miles west of Dorchester to 3 miles west of Milford (12 miles); with N-63 for 2 miles southwest from Ashland; with N-31 for 12 miles from near Gretna to Elkhorn; and with I-480 along its east-west segment through downtown Omaha

Freeway: Omaha (co-sign with east-west segment of I-480)

NHS: McCook to Hastings

Multi-lane Segments: Emerald to Waverly (except a short stretch on the west side of Lincoln); Elkhorn to Iowa border

History and Notes: The route of current US-6 in Nebraska was numbered as N-7 in the mid 1920's, after the multi-numbered 1922 system was revised. In 1926, this became part of the new US-38. On June 8, 1931, US-38 was decommissioned, and this route was absorbed as part of a US-6 extension.

The 1922 numbers consisted of the following: N-69 from Colorado to Culbertson; N-67 from Colbertson to Oxford; N-56 from Oxford to Holdredge; N-53 from Holdredge to Hastings; N-40 from Hastings to Fairmont; N-32 from Fairmont to Dorchester (unnumbered from Dorchester to Lincoln); and N-21 from Lincoln to Omaha.

Attractions Along the Way: Massacre Canyon Monument (Trenton); Museum of the High Plains (McCook); Phelps County Historical Museum (Holdredge); Pioneer Village (Minden); Hastings Museum (Hastings); Museum of Nebraska History (Lincoln); State Capitol (Lincoln); State Fairgrounds (Lincoln); Lincoln Children's Museum (Lincoln); Aksarben Aquarium (Gretna); Strategic Air and Space Museum (Ashland); Girls and Boys Town (west of Omaha); Mormon Trail Center (Omaha); President Ford's Birthsite and Gardens (Omaha); Henry Doorly Zoo (Omaha); Durham Western Heritage Museum (Omaha); Fun-Plex (Omaha); Fort Omaha (Omaha)

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Links: Information on west Omaha reconstruction of US-6 (Nebraska Dept of Roads); Federal Highway Adminstration's (FHWA) history of US-6; US Route 6 Tourist Association; Route 6 Nebraska

Old N-6

Lincoln Hwy
Lincoln Highway

Alignment: Wyoming border west of Kimball to Iowa border at Omaha

History and Notes: Also known as the Lincoln Highway, the old N-6 was designated in the mid 1920's, and was renumbered as US-30 in 1926. The 1922 numbering system assigned the following to this route: N-84 (Wyoming line to Sidney); N-83 (Sidney to Ogallala); N-82 (Ogallala to North Platte); N-71 (North Platte to Lexington); N-58 (Lexington to Grand Island); N-43 (Grand Island to Columbus); N-38 (Columbus to Fremont), and N-22 (Fremont to Omaha). This last segment is currently made up of US-275 and N-64.

City
US-6

Alignment 1: 10th St. in Lincoln to jct. US-6/Colner Blvd. on northeast side of Lincoln
Alignment 2: Jct. US-6 and Elm Ave. in Hastings to US-6 southwest of Hastings

History and Notes: Alternate routes of US-6. Alignment 1 existed from the 1950's until 1983. Alignment 2 was decommissioned around 1970.

Matthew Hopken provided some information in January 2003:

I was in Hastings Nebraska [recently] and I found that there is still plenty of signage for CITY US 6 though the main business district of town (E & W 3rd and 2nd Streets, then went back to US 6 on Southern Hills Dr.). Mapquest has it marked on their map west of Marion Rd. You are probably right that it has been decommisioned in the 70's because no new city maps show it. It is just interesting that it is still marked after all of this time.

Old N-6A

Alignment: Gothenburg to Farnham

History and Notes: Unnumbered in the 1922 highway system, but numbered N-6A in the mid 1920's. Changed to N-47 in 1926.

N-7

Alignment: US-183 just south of Springview to Brewster (N-91)

Distance: 84.33 miles

Multiplexes: Shared alignment with US-20 from Ainsworth 5 miles eastward; and with US-20/US-183 from 5 miles east of Ainsworth to Bassett (12 miles)

History and Notes: The new 1926 numbering system had the Springview to Bassett segment was N-1A, and the Brewster to Dunning segment as N-25. These segments in the 1922 system was N-66 and N-74, respectively, with unnumbered roads in between.

Previously, N-7 ended at Valentine on the west, and N-2 near Dunning on the south. The Valentine to Springview segment is now part of N-12, and the Brewster to Dunning segment is now part of N-91, both having occurred by 1966.

Old N-7

Omaha-Lincoln-Denver Hwy
Omaha- Lincoln- Denver Highway

Alignment: Colorado border west of Imperial to Iowa border at Omaha

History and Notes: Designated in the mid 1920's; renumbered as US-38 in 1926, and as US-6 (current designation) in 1934. The 1922 numbers consisted of the following: N-69 from Colorado to Culbertson; N-67 from Colbertson to Oxford; N-56 from Oxford to Holdredge; N-53 from Holdredge to Hastings; N-40 from Hastings to Fairmont; N-32 from Fairmont to Dorchester (unnumbered from Dorchester to Lincoln); and N-21 from Lincoln to Omaha.

Old N-7A

Alignment: Kearney to east of Axtell

History and Notes: Not present in the 1922 highway system, but designation in the mid 1920's. Renumbered as N-44 (current) in 1926.

Old N-7B

Alignment: West of Axtell to west of Wilcox

History and Notes: Not part of the 1922 highway system, but designated in the mid 1920's, and renumbered as N-45 in 1926. Some of this road became part of an N-44 extension between 1935 and 1940; the rest is currently unnumbered.

Old N-7C

Alignment: Champion to Imperial

History and Notes: Designated in the mid 1920's; renumbered as N-48 in 1926. Around 1961, this was changed to N-106, and by 1973, it was changed to secondary route S15A.

Old N-8

Blue Pole Route
Blue Pole Route

Black Hills Trail
Black Hills Trail

Alignment: O'Neill to Iowa border at Omaha

History and Notes: The original N-8, first numbered as N-49 and N-37 in 1922, was designated in the mid 1926. It started at O'Neill, then went southeast through Norfolk, east and southeast through Wisner and Westpoint, southeast to Fremont, then continued to Omaha, ending at the Iowa line at Douglas St. After the implementation of US-275 in the late 1930's, the north/west end of N-8 was truncated just southeast of Fremont; much of N-8 northwest from there became US-275 (the Norfolk to Stanton segment became N-24 when the new US-275 was put on a straight alignment east from Norfolk). N-8 was decommissioned between 1955 and 1961, with extensions of N-36 and N-133 assuming the old alignment. DeLorme's Nebraska Atlas and Gazeteer from 2000 shows part of the old route southeast of Fremont still being called "Old Highway 8".

This road was part of the Blue Pole Route between O'Neill and Norfolk, and the Black Hills Trail between Norfolk and Omaha.

N-8

Alignment: Superior (N-14) to Falls City (US-73)

Distance: 148.87 miles

Multiplexing: Shared alignment with N-15 for 1.7 mile stretch just south of Fairbury; with N-112 from 3 miles west to 3 miles east of Odell; with N-99 for 4.5 miles south of Burchard; with N-65 for 0.5 mile through Pawnee City, and with N-50 for 9.5 miles from Pawnee City to just north of DuBois.

History and Notes: Created after 1926, N-8 was originally was designated as N-3S. Designation changed sometime between 1955 and 1961.

Attractions Along the Way: Rock Creek Station (along the Pony Express and Oregon Trail routes near Endicott)

N-9

Alignment: N-12 south of Ponca to US-275 north of West Point

Distance: 60.86 miles

Multiplexing: Shared alignment with US-20 for 0.8 mile; with N-35 from Wakefield to Emerson (7 miles); and with N-16 for about 2 miles southward from Pender

History and Notes: Designation in place since the mid 1920's, but the route was once much longer. It originally continued south from West Point, through Lincoln, to the Kansas border south of Beatrice. In 1926, the entire route south of West Point was renumbered as US-77.

The present N-9 was born in the 1922 numbering system as follows: N-23 (Ponca to West Point); N-16 (West Point to Fremont); N-15 (Fremont to Lincoln); N-14 (Lincoln to Kansas line).

Old N-9A

Alignment: US-6 west of Dorchester to US-77 west of Roca

History and Notes: Designated in the mid 1920's; renumbered as N-33 (current) in 1926.

Old N-9B

Alignment: Pender to east of Bancroft

History and Notes: Designated in the mid 1920's; renumbered as N-51 in 1926 and extended east to Decatur. Currently, the segment from Pender to Bancroft is part of N-16.

N-10

Sunflower Trail
Sunflower Trail

Alignment: Loup City (N-58/N-92) to Kansas border (K-8) south of Franklin

Distance: 102.2 miles

Multi-lane Segments: Glenwood Park to Kearney Airport

Intersecting Interstates: I-80, 7 miles east of Kearney

Multiplexing: Shared alignment with US-30 from Kearney 7.29 miles eastward; with US-136 for 0.5 mile near Franklin.

History and Notes: The original N-10 went north from Kearney to Hazard, then northwest along N-2 to Ansley, and then north to to Bassett. When US-83 was commissioned in the 1930's, it followed this alignment, and N-10 was truncated at Kearney. Around 1944, the positions of US-83 and US-183 were swapped, and US-183 extended south from Anseley on old N-63. At that point, the north end of N-10 was extended north along its old alignment to north of Pleasanton, then east through Sweetwater to N-45, then north to Loup City. (This segment of N-10 going into Loup City used to be part of N-45.)

The segment from Kearney to the Kansas line was part of the "Sunflower Trail", and was numbered as N-54 in the 1922 numbering system.

Attractions Along the Way: Pioneer Village (Minden)

N-11

Loup Rivers Scenic Byway

Alignment: South Dakota border (SD-43) south of Fairfax, SD, to I-80 south of Wood River

Distance: 184.25 miles

Multiplexing: Shared alignment with N-12 through Butte (1 mile); with US-20 for 0.5 mile in Atkinson; with N-91 through Burwell (2 miles); with N-70 for 0.8 mile in Ord; with N-22 for 2 miles east from North Loup; with N-58 for 5 miles southwest from Dannebrog; with US-30 for 1 mile near Wood River.

Intersecting Interstates: I-80 at exit 300

History and Notes: The original N-11 alignment from 1926 started at Taylor (N-10, current US-183), then went east to Burwell, south through St. Paul to Grand Island, then east to the Iowa border on what is now US-34. The southeast end was truncated at St. Paul in 1933, when US-281 was implemented, and the Grand Island to Iowa segment became N-2, then US-34 a few years later. Also around 1933, N-11 was extened north from Burwell to US-20 at Atkinson; the old N-11 segment from Taylor to Burwell became part of N-53 (current N-91).

By 1940, N-11 was further extended north to US-281 at Butte. When the north end of US-281 was rerouted onto N-18 around 1963, N-11 assumed the old alignment to the South Dakota border.

Around 1964, the south end of N-11 was extended. Staying west of St. Paul, it went south through Dannebrog and Cairo to end at US-30 at Wood River. This particular segment was a redesignation of old N-60.

Attractions Along the Way: National Liars Hall of Fame (Dannebrog) (seriously) :-)

Old N-11B

Alignment: Ord to Arcadia

History and Notes: Designation from the 1920's; in 1926, it was changed to N-57. It was made part of N-58 in the 1940's. By 1961, most of it was changed to N-70 (current), and partially realigned.

Old N-11C

Alignment: Burwell to Holt County line

History and Notes: Designation from the 1920's; changed to N-54 in 1926, and to mainline N-11 (current) by 1933.

N-12

Grant Hwy
Grant Highway

Black Hills Sioux Trail
Black Hills Sioux Trail

Outlaw Trail Scenic Byway

Alignment: Valentine (US-83) to US-20 northwest of Jackson

Distance: 231.25 miles

Multiplexing: Shared alignment with US-183 (5 mile segment from Springview north); with N-137 (for 6 miles starting near the Keya Paha River); with N-11 through Butte (1 mile); with US-281 (for 3.59 miles eastward from Spencer); with N-14 for 3 miles near Niobrara; with N-12 from 3.5 miles west of Obert to 1.7 miles southeast of Maskell.

History and Notes: Implemented in 1926, the original N-12 was slightly shorter. On the west end, it intersected the South Dakota border at SD-47, along what is now N-137. On the east end, it went south through Center, then east to US-81 (current N-121) south of Wausau.

By 1933, the east end was realigned to extend east from Niobrara through Crofton, then generally along the Missouri River to US-20 west of South Sioux City (old town of Willis). Some straightening of this alignment has occurred over the years.

The westward extention was made between 1955 and 1961.

In 1922, this route used N-65, N-66, and N-50, with the segment east of Niobrara unnumbered. The Valentine to Springview segment was also part of the Grant Highway, and the Butte to Niobrara segment was part of the Black Hills Sioux Trail.

Old N-13

Alignment 1: South Dakota border north of Spencer to Fullerton
Alignment 2: Laurel to Dixon

History and Notes: The original N-13 from 1926 was renumbered as part of US-281 by 1935, except for the east-west segment from US-281 to Fullerton, which became N-22. Prior to this, the north end of N-13 had been split into east and west segments; US-281 was applied to the west segment by 1935, with N-18 on the east segment. After US-281 came about, N-13 was then used on what was a short spur along an old alignment of US-20. It was in place around 1936, then changed to N-117 by 1944, but discontinued before 1950.

Old N-13A

Alignment: Bartlett to Ericson

History and Notes: Designation from the 1920's; renumbered as N-53 in 1926. N-53 had expanded east from Cumminsville by 1933. The segment southwest from Bartlett was decommissioned by 1947, and is currently unnumbered.

Old N-13E

Alignment: Spencer to South Dakota border north of Spencer

History and Notes: The north end of N-13 was split into west and east segments before 1932. When US-281 was extended into Nebraska a few years later, it used the N-13W alignment in this area, and N-13E became N-18. By the mid 1960's, US-281 was moved to the N-18 alignment, and the old US-281 became the north end of N-11.

Old N-13W

Alignment: South Dakota border south of Fairfax, SD, to Spencer

History and Notes: The north end of N-13 was split into west and east segments before 1932. When US-281 was extended into Nebraska a few years later, it used the N-13W alignment in this area, and N-13E became N-18. By the mid 1960's, US-281 was moved to the N-18 alignment, and the old US-281 became the north end of N-11.

N-13

Alignment: North of Creighton (N-84) to US-81 north of Norfolk

Distance: 48.65 miles

Multiplexing: Shared alignment with US-20 for 4.68 miles westward from Plainview

History and Notes: Originally part of N-12 in 1926, this route was then made part of N-14 by 1933. When N-14 was realigned further west in the mid 1940's, N-13 was applied to the old segment between N-12 and US-20. The diagonal extension to US-81 near Norfolk was made by 1961.

The alignment around Center had been part of the N-29 numbering from the 1922 system.

N-14

Black Hills Sioux Trail
Black Hills Sioux Trail

Sunflower Trail
Sunflower Trail

Alignment: South Dakota border (SD-37) northeast of Niobrara to Kansas border (K-14) southwest of Superior

Distance: 203.48 miles

Intersecting Interstates: I-80 near Aurora

Multiplexing: Shared alignment with N-12 for 2.86 miles near Niobrara; with N-91 for 1/2 mile through Albion; with N-22 for 2 miles around Fullerton; with N-92 for 1 mile, west of Clarks; with US-6 for 3 miles, northeast of Clay Center; with N-74 for 1 mile, east of Fairfield; with N-4 for 1 mile, north of Nelson; with N-39 through Fullerton; and with US-136 for 4 miles between Superior and Nelson.

History and Notes: The original (1920's) northern terminus was at Neligh. It followed the basic alignment used today, except at Fullerton, it went east along current N-22 to Genoa, then northwest to Albion along current N-39, before continuing north.

By 1933, N-14 was extended north to Niobrara. It ran from Niobrara to Center to west of Plainview, along the current N-13 and a currently unnumbered county road. The N-14 alignment was moved west in the early 1940's, making a nearly straight shot from Neligh to Niobrara; this replaced N-111 south of Verdigre, and the north-south segment of N-83 between Niobrara and Verdigre.

In 1998, a new bridge (the "Chief Standing Bear Memorial Bridge) was constructed over the Missouri River northeast of Niobrara, linking up with SD-37. For decades before this, traffic crossing between Nebraska and South Dakota used a ferry. When the bridge was complete, N-14 was extended to link up with the new bridge.

The following segments were part of the 1922 highway system: Niobrara to west of Creighton (unnumbered, but part of the Black Hills Sioux Trail); Neligh to Albion (numbered as N-46); Aurora to Kansas line (N-39 and part of the Sunflower Trail).

Attractions Along the Way: Ashfall Fossil Beds State Historical Park (north of Royal); Neligh Mills State Historic Site (Neligh)

Old N-14A

Alignment: Belgrade to Fullerton

History and Notes: Designation from the 1920's; renumbered as N-52 by 1933. It is currently unnumbered, as the N-52 route was realigned to extend east from Belgrade to N-14 by 1961.

N-15

Alignment: South Dakota border (SD-19) south of Vermillion, SD to Kansas border (K-15) south of Fairbury

Distance: 298.98 miles.

Intersecting Interstates: I-80 south of Seward

Multiplexing: Shared alignment with N-12 from 3.5 miles west of Obert to 1.7 miles southeast of Maskell (7.7 miles total); with US-20 for 2.5 miles north from Laurel; with US-275 for 2.75 miles near Pilger; with N-92 for 1.5 miles, south of David City; with US-6 from west of Milford to west of Dorchester (11.73 miles); with N-41 for 2 miles, east of Milligan; with N-4 for 1 mile, south of Western; with N-8 for 1.7 miles, south of Fairbury.

History and Notes: The original north end of N-15 was at US-81 near Yankton, SD. This alignment went south to Fordyce, east along N-12 about 6 miles to the current N-15 alignment, then zig-zagged its way to N-8 (current US-275) before heading southward. Straightening of this route occurred in the 1940's.

By 1947, the north end was realigned to head due south from the US-81 intersection to N-12. In the early 1950's, US-81 was realigned to use this particular N-15 segment, and N-15 was truncated at US-81. It was followed N-12 west to Fordice (a couple miles south of the current N-12 alignment), then north through Menominee to near South Yankton, NE. The alignment was truncated between 1955 and 1975.

In November 2001, N-15 was realigned after completion of a bridge over the Missouri River, to link with an extended SD-19 going into Vermillion, SD. N-15 and N-57 swapped alignments north of US-20. N-57 went north from Belden, through Hartington, to a multiplex with N-12. N-15 went north from Laurel to meet up with N-12, then multiplexed to the new alignment near Maskell. (The east-west multiplexed segment became a part of N-59.) When the bridge was completed, The drive from Newcastle to Vermillion was shortened from 75 miles to 11 miles.

The following numbers were used in the 1922 highway system: N-17 (South Yankton to Wayne); N-35 (Wayne to Schuyler); N-27 (Schuyler to David City); N-34 (David City to Seward); and N-31 (north of Fairbury).

N-16

Alignment: N-35 south of Wakefield to Bancroft (N-51)

Distance: 28.15 miles

Multiplexing: Shared alignment with N-9 for 2.07 miles through Pender

History and Notes: Alignment in place by 1936, renumbered from N-92.

Attractions Along the Way: John G. Neihart State Historical Site (Bancroft)

Old N-16

Alignment: North Platte to Omaha

History and Notes: Designated in 1926, consisting of an alignment from Grand Island to Omaha. By 1933, the segment southwest of US-81 was dropped, and N-16 was extended west through St. Paul and Broken Bow to Stapleton, where it headed southwest to North Platte. By 1935, the route was renumbered as N-92, with ALT US-30 also numbered on the Platte River to Iowa segment.

Old N-16A

Alignment: N-40 west of Stapleton to N-16 southwest of Stapleton

History and Notes: N-16A was a shortcut between N-16 and N-40. Designated by 1933, on what had been N-20. In the 1940's, it became N-92A. It was decommissioned by 1961, and is now an unnumbered road.

N-17

Alignment: Culbertson (US-6/US-34) to Kansas border (K-117) south of Culbertson

Distance: 17.5 miles

History and Notes: In the mid 1920's, this route started at Venango, and followed current N-23 to Grainton. N-17 then went south, then east, to Hayes Center, then southeast to Culbertson, before heading to the Kansas border as N-3C. In 1926, the N-3C segment became N-25. By 1933, N-17 included what had been N-25 south of Trenton. In 1936, N-25 was reinstated on this segment, and N-17 moved to extend south from Culbertson to the Iowa line, to meet up with K-117.

By 1947, the east-west segment from Venango to Grainton became an extension of N-23. Also, by 1961, N-25 was extended north and assumed the N-17 alignment north of US-6 (the old N-25 in this area became N-25A). N-25 was rerouted generally north from Hayes Center in the early 1980's, and the old N-17 became unnumbered in that area. The 2000 DeLorme Atlas and Gazeteer of Nebraska shows the Grainton to Hayes City road named as "Old Highway 17".

A second alignment of N-17 in the mid 1920's extended from Big Springs southwest to Colorado. It was renumbered as US-138 in 1926.

N-18

Alignment: Curtis (N-23) to US-283 south of Elmwood

Distance: 39.06 miles

Gravel Segments: 10 miles east of Stockville to US-283

History and Notes: First numbered as N-57 in the 1922 highway system, this road was changed to N-23 in the mid 1920's. It then became N-23S, and remained that way until the early 1980's, when N-18 was assigned.

The gravel segment accounts for approximately 19 of the 44 miles remaining on state-maintained gravel roads.

Old N-18A

Alignment: Arthur to N-18 (current US-26) west of Keystone

History and Notes: Designated in the mid 1920's, and renumbered as N-61 in 1926.

N-19

Alignment: US-30 west of Sidney to Colorado border (CO-113) south of Lorenzo

Distance: 10.91 miles

Intersecting Interstates: I-80 southwest of Sidney

History and Notes: Designated in the mid 1920's, N-19 previously went north-south along the entire Panhandle, with most of the route now being designated US-385. US-385 was implemented in 1958, and N-19 was truncated on the east side of Sidney, at the current US-385/L17J intersection. In the early 1980's, the north end of N-19 was rerouted the current alignment west of Sidney.

US-20

Grant Hwy
Grant Highway

Blue Pole Route
Blue Pole Route

Bridges to Buttes Byway

Alignment: Wyoming border (US-20) west of Harrison to Iowa border (US-20/US-75/I-129) at South Sioux City

Distance: 431.55 miles

Multiplexing: Shared alignment with N-2 and N-71 for 0.9 miles through Crawford; with US-385 (from Chadron 2.2 miles westward); with N-87 (Hay Springs to Rushville, 11.5 miles); with N-61 for 0.5 miles in Merriman; with US-83 (from Valentine 5.1 miles southward); with N-7 (Ainsworth to Bassett, 17 miles); with US-183 (3 miles west of Long Pine to Bassett, 13.5 miles); with N-11 for 0.5 miles in Atkinson; with US-281 for 0.5 miles in O'Neill; with US-275 (O'Neill to 5 miles southeast of Inman, a total of 13 miles); with N-13 (from Plainview 4.5 miles westward); with N-121 (from Osmond 3.3 miles eastward); with N-57 (1.7 miles around Beldon); with N-15 (2.5 miles beginning in Laurel); with N-9 west of Waterbury (0.8 miles); with US-75 and I-129 (from Jct. US-77 to Iowa border, 3.21 miles).

Freeway segments: Last 3.2 miles before crossing into Iowa

NHS: Entire route

Spurs and Alternates: Business US-20 through South Sioux City

Intersecting Interstates: I-129 at South Sioux City

History and Notes: An original 1926 US highway, this had been N-1 for a few years. Prior to that, the route used several numbers from the 1922 system (N-79, N-78, N-77, N-65, and N-49).

This was also part of two named routes from the early 1920's. The segments from Wyoming to Gordon, and Bassett to South Sioux City, were part of the Grant Highway. The segment from Chadron to O'Neill was also part of the Blue Pole Route.

An older alignment of US-20 ran about 3 miles south of the current section east of Laurel. This alignment went due east from Laurel, passing just north of Dixon and Allen, then headed north to the current alignment along N-9.

Attractions Along the Way: Ft. Robinson State Historical Park (Ft. Robinson); Museum of Fur Trade (Chadron); Bowring Ranch State Historical Park (Merriman); Sand Hills Museum (Valentine); Ashfall Fossil Beds State Historical Park (north of Royal); Zoo Nebraska (west of Royal).

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Links: FHWA's History of US-20, US Route 20 Homepage

Old N-20

Alignment: Stapleton to McCook

History and Notes: Designated in the 1920's, and renumbered as N-23 in 1926. By 1933, most of this was renumbered as US-183, except for the Stapleton to North Platte segment, which was N-16. By 1940, it was further renumbered to US-83 and N-92 respectively.

N-21

Alignment: Broken Bow (N-92) to N-23 east of Eustis

Distance: 73.64 miles

Multiplexing: Shared alignment with US-30 from Cozad to Lexington (13.54 miles)

Intersecting Interstates: I-80 near Cozad

History and Notes: The mid 1920's version of N-21 started at US-30 near Lexington, and also went east from Beaver City to Alma. By 1933, the northward extension to Broken Bow was completed, and the Beaver City to Alma segment made part of N-89. In the 1940's, the new US-283 assumed the N-21 alignment south from Lexington, and N-21 was truncated at US-30. By 1960, N-21 was extended west along US-30 to Cozad, then south to Eustis.

Old N-22

Alignment: Elm Creek to Kansas border south of Alma

History and Notes: Designated in the 1920's, and changed to part of US-83 in 1933. In the early 1940's, it became part of US-183 and US-383, with the latter being dropped in 1964.

N-22

Alignment: N-70 south of Ord to US-81 northwest of Columbus

Distance: 89.25 miles

Multiplexes: North Loup to near Scotia (2 miles, shared with N-11); 7.8 mile stretch with US-281 between Greeley and St. Paul; 1.64 mile stretch with N-14 north from Fullerton; 1.2 mile stretch with N-39 south of Genoa

History and Notes: N-22 in 1933 originally started at US-281 at Wolbach, then went east to Fullerton, and northeast to US-81 just north of Columbus. The extension to N-70 occurred between 1955 and 1961, absorbing a segment of N-56. The eastern terminus was truncated by a couple miles due to the realignment of US-81 in the 1940's.

In the 1922 system, the segment from present US-281 to Columbus was part of N-45.

Old N-23N

Alignment: Curtis to Elwood via Farnam and Eustis

History and Notes: N-23 was split in north and south segments around 1933; this became part of mainline N-23 around 1961.

Old N-23S

Alignment: Curtis to Elwood via Stockville

History and Notes: In 1926, this route was part of mainline N-23. By 1933, N-23 was split into north and south segments. This route was designated as N-23S, and remained as such until being renumbered as N-18 in the early 1980's.

N-23

Highline Hwy
Highline Hwy

Alignment: Colorado border (CO-23) at Venango to Holdredge (US-6)

Distance: 159.9 miles

Multiplexing: Shard alignment with N-61 from Grant 3.1 miles eastward, and with US-83 for 13.65 miles northwest from Maywood.

History and Notes: Around 1933, N-23 was once split into north and south segments between Curtis and Elwood. N-23N ("Highline Highway") went from Curtis to Elwood along the current NE-23 alignment. N-23S went from Curtis to Elwood via the old N-23 alignment (current N-18). The north leg became the mainline N-23 around 1961.

Old N-24

Alignment: Lincoln to Iowa border at Nebraska City

History and Notes: Part of the 1926 highwya system, this was renumbered as part of N-2 around 1933.

Old N-24A

Alignment: Eagle to Palmyra

History and Notes: Designation from the 1920's; renumbered as N-43 (current) in 1926.

N-24

Alignment: Norfolk (US-275) to Stanton (N-57)

Distance: 10.38 miles

History and Notes: Designated in the late 1930's; previously was part of N-8.

Old N-25

Alignment: Geneva to north of Tecumseh

History and Notes: Designation from the 1920's; renumbered as N-41 (current) in 1926.

Old N-25A

Alignment: North of Bennett to Adams

History and Notes: Designation from the 1920's; renumbered as N-42 in 1926. Between 1955 and 1961, it was turned into an extension of N-43.

N-25

Alignment: Sutherland (US-30) to Kansas border (K-25) south of Trenton

Distance: 87.08 miles

Intersecting Interstates: I-80 south of Sutherland

History and Notes: The original N-25 was only in place from Hayes Center to Palisade, and from Trenton to the Kansas border (the latter segment assuming N-3C). In the late 1940's, a second segment was designated between Wallace and Sutherland. The middle segment was in place by 1961; this segment followed old N-17 from Grainton south, then east to Hayes Center. In the 1980's, N-25 was placed on a new roadway extending due south from Wallace, curving southeast at the Lincoln/Hayes County border, then going due south through Hayes Center to Trenton.

The Hayes Center to Culbertson segment was numbered as N-68 in the 1922 highway system.

N-25A

Alignment: Palisade (US-6) to N-25 northeast of Palisade

Distance: 6.03 miles

History and Notes: A former alignment of N-25. Designated around 1960.

Old N-26

Alignment: Rockford to north of Dawson

History and Notes: Designated in the 1920's; changed to N-4 (current designation) in 1926.

US-26

North Platte Valley Hwy
North Platte Valley Hwy

Western Trails Historic and Scenic Byway
Alignment: Wyoming border (US-26) at Henry to Ogallala (I-80)

Distance: 150.71 miles

Multiplexes: Shared alignment with N-71 for 0.6 miles in Scottsbluff; N-92 from near Chimney Rock to Bridgeport (12.54 miles) and Broadwater to Lewellen (42.33 miles); with US-385 for 1 mile through Northport and Bridgeport; with N-61 for 5.9 miles around Ogallala; with US-30 along the south side of Ogallala (2.8 miles).

NHS: Entire Route

Multi-Lane Segments: Morrill to Scottsbluff airport, multiplexed segment with N-61 in Ogallala

History and Notes: An original 1926 highway, US-26 was renamed from the old N-18, in place in the 1920's. In 1922, the route was desigated N-87 and N-86.

A northern branch, US-26N, was commissioned in 1936; it ran from Broadwater to north of Baynard using the current US-26, US-385, and L62A, and was made the mainline US-26 in 1963. The original southern (mainline) branch in this area was made part of N-92.

One part of the original alignment of US-26 extended along the north side of the North Platte River, from Lewellen to Martin (8 miles north of Ogallala, at the intersection of N-61). A new alignment extending southeast from Lewellen was created in the 1940's, when the North Platte River was dammed to create Lake McConaughy, flooding part of the old alignment.

The southeast end of US-26 was rerouted in 2000, onto a new 4-lane bypass on the west side of Ogallala.

Attractions Along the Way: Horse Creek Treaty Grounds (west of Morrill); Scotts Bluff National Monument (Scottsbluff); Riverside Zoo (Scottsbluff); Oregon Trail Wagon Train (south of Bayard); Chimney Rock National Historic Site (south of Bayard); Courthouse and Jail Rocks (south of Bridgeport); Bluewater Battlefield (north of Lewellen)

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Links: Dale Sanderson's END US-26 page

Old US-26N

Alignment: Broadwater to north of Baynard

History and Notes: US-26N was commissioned in 1936. The alignment followed what is now mainline US-26, US-385, and secondary route L62A. US-26N was decommissioned in 1963.

City
Old US-26 Shield

Alignment: Scottsbluff

History and Notes: Formerly located through Scottsbluff. 5 miles in length.

N-27

Grant Hwy
Grant Highway
Alignment:
Segment 1: South Dakota border (SD-391) north of Gordon to Ellsworth (N-2)
Segment 2: Oshkosh (US-26) to I-80 east of Chappell
Segment 3: Haigler (US-34) to Kansas border (K-27) south of Haigler

Distance: Segment 1: 68.72 miles. Segment 2: 27.11 miles. Segment 3: 0.78 mile.

Intersecting Interstates: I-80 at exit 95

Multiplexing: 2 mile shared segment with US-30 east of Chappell

History and Notes: Alignment 1 was part of the Grant Highway from the early 1920's. In the numbering system in use in the mid 1920's, this was N-1C, then renamed as N-27 in 1926.

Maps from the 1930's show an additional segment, between N-2 and US-26. However, a 1940 map showed much of this as "proposed" (previously consisting of a dirt road). By 1947, this was not indicated as being numbered north of Oshkosh, although the the segment between US-20 and N-2 was numbered as extension took place. The full numbering between US-20 and N-2 was complete by 1955.

N-27 previously extended to the Colorado border. This was aligned along US-30 from Chappell 7 miles eastward (the current N-27 terminus), and along current US-385 from Chappell southward. This was truncated to its current position with the implementation of US-385 in 1958.

Another route with sparse towns along the way (only two over the course of the split segments). The town-less stretch between Gordon and Ellsworth spans 55 miles.

Robert Hanolen was kind enough to tip me off to a third segment of N-27, which extends only about 1/2 mile south of Haigler and meets up with Kansas route 27. It is unknown how long this has been marked as such, but it appears to be a fairly recent occurrence (circa 2001 or earlier). In the past, this route had been marked as N-71 through at least 1955.

Attractions Along the Way: Mari Sandoz State Historical Marker (approximately 30 miles north of Ellsworth)

Old N-28

Alignment: US-275 at Meadow Grove to N-32 north of Newman Grove

History and Notes: A designation in place by 1933. Decommissioned between 1955 and 1961.

N-29

Alignment: Harrison (US-20) to Mitchell (US-26)

Distance: 55.81 miles

History and Notes: In 1926, N-29 extended from Scottsbluff to Kimball. By 1933, the north terminus was moved to Harrison (replacing N-63, old N-1D), and the south terminus extended to the Colorado border. Much of the Scottsbluff to Kimball segment was straightened in the late 1950's.

Around 1964, the segment between Scottsbluff and the Colorado border became part of N-71, which was implemented to make a tri-state Highway 71 (South Dakota, Nebraska, Colorado).

Currently, despite being 56 miles long, the only two towns N-29 pass through are the towns at the northern and southern termini.

Attractions Along the Way: Agate Fossil Beds National Monument (24 miles south of Harrison)

Old US-30A

Alignment: US-30 near Clarks to Iowa border at Omaha

History and Notes: Route was multiplexed with N-92. In place by 1936; decommissioned around 1973.

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Old US-30S

Alignment: Fremont to Iowa border at Omaha

History and Notes: An early spur off US-30, existing from 1932 to 1939. By 1940, the Fremont to Waterloo segment was part of US-275, and the Waterloo to Omaha segment was changed to N-130 (current N-64).

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US-30

Lincoln Hwy
Lincoln Highway
Alignment: Wyoming border (US-30) near Pine Bluffs, WY, to Iowa border (US-30) east of Blair

Distance: 452.15 miles

Multiplexing: Sidney to Chappell (24.5 miles, shared with US-385); with N-27 for 1.9 miles, east of Chappell; with US-26/N-61 in Ogallala (2 miles); with US-83 through North Platte (0.7 mile); with N-21 from Cozad to Lexington (14.54 miles); with N-10 for 7.29 miles east from Kearney; with N-11 for 1.1 miles in Wood River; with US-81 through Columbus (2 miles); with US-275 for 4 miles around Fremont; with US-75 through Blair (0.5 mile).

NHS: Grand Island to Iowa border

Multi-Lane Segments: Northwest side of Fremont (bypass of old US-30 alignment)

History and Notes: US-30 is part of the Lincoln Highway, a transcontinental route connecting San Francisco and New York City. Long before that, the route roughly follows the trails of the Pony Express route, the Oregon Trail, and the Oxbow Trail.

The 1922 highway network used several numbers for what is now US-30. These are: N-84 (Wyoming to Sidney); N-83 (Sidney to Ogallala); N-82 (Ogallala to North Platte); N-71 (North Platte to Lexington); N-58 (Kearney to Grand Island); N-43 (Grand Island to Columbus); N-38 (Columbus to Fremont); and N-36 (Fremont to Iowa line).

US-30 parallels I-80 throughout the western 2/3 of Nebraska, from the Colorado border to Grand Island.

Attractions Along the Way: Fort Sidney Museum and Post Commander's Home (Sidney); Buffalo Bill Ranch State Historical Park (west of North Platte); Rodeo Arena (North Platte); Bailey Railroad Yards (North Platte); Pony Express station (Gothenburg); Stuhr Museum (Grand Island); Andrew Jackson Higgins National Memorial (Columbus)

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Links: Federal Highway Adminstration's (FHWA) History of the Lincoln Highway; Lincoln Highway Association