End of US highway 441

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Additional research and/or photo credits: Bobby Clark; Justin Cozart; Robert Droz; H.B. Elkins; Andy Field; Karin and Martin Karner; Dan Moraseski; Dagmar Nelson; Alex Nitzman; me

Approx. time period North terminus South terminus
1926-1935 Ocala, FL Orlando, FL
1935-1949 High Springs, FL Orlando, FL
1949-1951 Baldwin, GA Orlando, FL
1951-1952 Baldwin, GA Miami, FL
1952-present Lake City/Rocky Top, TN Miami, FL

US 441 was an original 1926 highway, but it ran only between Orlando and Ocala FL then. The photo below shows what the signage probably looked like at the intersection where US 441 ended (Colonial Drive and Orange Blossom Trail) in Orlando between 1941 and 1950:


That's looking eastbound on Colonial (FL hwy. 50). Until 1950, the south beginning of US 441 was to the left. Note the colors of the shields: that's because Florida used to further differentiate their highways with color, and there are still a few remnants around. To learn more about this, please visit Robert Droz' Florida in Kodachrome page. That assembly has been replaced by now; below is a more recent perspective, showing uniform signage:


That's looking south on US 441 (Orange Blossom), approching its former south end at Colonial. The photo below is looking north:

Cozart/Nitzman, Nov. 2006

US 17/92 turn right here, and the south beginning of US 441 was straight ahead.

In 1926, the north end of US 441 was in Ocala. At the time, US 41 went through Gainesville and Ocala before heading back west through Dunnellon and Inverness. In Ocala, US 41 came in from the north on Magnolia Street. At Broadway Avenue, US 41 went west, but straight ahead on Magnolia was the north beginning of US 441. The photo below is looking the opposite direction (north on Magnolia):

Droz, Dec. 2006

Magnolia is one-way southbound now (despite the streetsign for Broadway facing northbound traffic). This was the original north end of US 441 - straight ahead was northbound US 41, and southbound US 41 was to the left.

In 1935 US 41 was rerouted along its current path through Newberry and Williston, so the US 441 designation was extended straight ahead (north along what had been US 41) to a new endpoint in High Springs. It ended at its junction with US 41/US 27, right in the middle of town (Main Street and N. 1st Avenue). The photo below is looking east on 1st Av, or south on US 27:

Nitzman, June 2006

US 27 turns right on Main with southbound US 41. Straight ahead was once the north beginning of US 441. That route now follows Santa Fe Boulevard, which joins 1st about six blocks ahead - hence the "TO US 441" sign in the distance.

The north end of US 441 was extended to Baldwin GA in 1949. The photo below was taken looking southwest on Willingham Avenue:

Nelson, Oct. 2007

That was once southbound US 23, and to the left on Stonepile Street was once the north beginning of US 441. However, that lasted for only about three years...

In 1952, the north end of US 441 was extended again, this time to its current terminus in Tennessee. At the time, the town was called Lake City, but in 2014 its toponym was officially changed to Rocky Top. The photo below shows where US 441 ends, although there was no sign to announce it at the time of my first visit...

me, Oct. 2000

...nor by the time of my second visit (although the assembly itself had been changed):

me, July 2007

US 25W is routed along Main Street/Main Avenue (it was impossible to tell which is correct, as the street signs in town were about evenly split between the two variations). The shot below shows the north beginning of US 441 (or "Norris Freeway", which is not really much of a freeway by today's standards), from southbound US 25W:

me, July 2007

The interchange with I-75 is about a quarter-mile to the left. The photo below is from the opposite direction (northbound):

Elkins, Oct. 2008

If you take that right turn, you'll immediately encounter the first southbound confirming assembly:

me, July 2007

Right about the same time, the south end of US 441 was also extended to its current terminus in Miami FL:

Cozart/Nitzman, May 2006

US 441 heads due south from the Palm Beach area, parallel to the Atlantic Coast. When it reaches the Miami area, it is routed down NW 7th Av. The road jogs as it crosses the Miami River and becomes 8th Av. It crosses westbound US 41 at the one-way SW 7th St, and then the US 441 designation ends at SW 8th St, which serves as eastbound US 41. In the photo above, the view is south on SW 8th Av, and the cross street is SW 8th St. That assembly has since been replaced with the one pictured below:

Karners, Dec. 2009

In 2006 Alex reported there was no signage heralding the south beginning of US 441 from either 8th St or 7th St. As of 2009, that was still true of 8th St, but a new signpost had been erected on 7th:

Karners, Dec. 2009

Kind of interesting that southbound US 441 is mentioned there, since it ends one block in that direction. If you turn right, you'll immediately spot the first northbound confirming marker:

Karners, Dec. 2009

That was also posted after 2006.