End of US highway 277

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Additional research and/or photo credits: Stephen Taylor; Cary Todd; me

Approx. time period North terminus South terminus
1930-1945(?) Oklahoma City, OK Del Rio, TX
1945(?)-1965 Oklahoma City, OK Carrizo Springs, TX
1966-present Newcastle, OK Carrizo Springs, TX

Until about 1945 the south end of US 277 was in Del Rio TX, at the international border. The highway came into town with US 90 from the north (as it does today), but at Gibbs Street, US 277 did not turn east with US 90. Rather, it continued south over the railroad via today's Spur 297. At Garfield Street, US 277 turned southwest. At some point the roadname changes to Las Vacas Street; US 277 followed that all the way to its end. At Frontera Road traffic was directed southeast to the present-day customs station. You can no longer do that today, because the Border Patrol has gated off Frontera after its intersection with Alderete Lane:

me, Aug. 2013; click here to view full-res version

US 277 used to continue straight through there. It's only about 100 yards to the customs area, where there's another gate; the photo below was taken from there, looking the opposite direction:

Google Maps Street View, Mar. 2013

At left is the port of entry to Mexico, and the historic south end of US 277. At right you can see Frontera behind the gate (and if you look closely, you can see the backside of the "Warning" and "Stop" signs shown in the first photo). US 277 traffic used that road, then turned right on Las Vacas to get to Del Rio.


Sometime around 1945, US 277 from Del Rio to the border crossing was changed to "Spur US 277", whereas mainline 277 was extended to Carrizo Springs. The photo below shows the last southbound sign - as well as the actual terminus, which is at the stoplight in the background:

Taylor, 2000

That's looking southeast on Pena Street; the stoplight is at First Street, which serves as US 83. Here is the sign assembly posted at the actual junction:

me, Aug. 2013; click here to view full-res version

The shot below is looking southwest on First, at the intersection with Pena:

Taylor, 2000

Below is a close-up of the signage at that turn...

me, Aug. 2013; click here to view full-res version

...and next is a photo from the opposite direction (north on US 83):

me, Aug. 2013; click here to view full-res version

If you take that left turn onto Pena, you'll soon see the first northbound US 277 sign:

me, Aug. 2013; click here to view full-res version


The north end of US 277 is currently in Newcastle OK. The photo below shows the northernmost US 277 sign; that's on Meridian Road (or Main Street Newcastle), about 3/4 mile south of the interchange with I-44 (locally known as the H.E. Bailey Turnpike):

Todd

Note the "East US 62" marker, because they got it wrong on the sign below:

Todd

There's no "End" sign at the north terminus of US 277 - only the sign shown above. Even though you do travel north to get to OK City, US 62 is an east-west highway... and that "North" has since been corrected to "East". Here's the north beginning of US 277, as viewed from the exit on westbound I-44:

Todd


The reason US 277 is numbered such is because it was originally co-signed with 62 all the way into OKC - to its junction with US 77. The photo below is looking north on Robinson Avenue, which historically served as US 77:

Todd, 2000

The traffic light is at 29th Street. Once beyond that signal, you would've been on eastbound US 62 as well. Westbound US 62 went left at the light. If you were to go that way, you also would've been at the north beginning of US 277. The shot below is of the same intersection, but looking northeast - from the perspective of traffic on 29th:

Todd, 2000

This was US 62/US 277. 277 ended here, but 62 turned left onto Robinson, to be co-signed with US 77 into downtown.