The primary purpose of this site is to provide photos and descriptions of current and historic US highway endpoints, and to provide maps that show each US highway in the context of its "route family" (click here for more details). First-time visitors may wish to read on, but viewers who know their way around this site can use the menu bar at left to get started (you'll find that on every page). Those links will take you to color-coded index charts; see the bottom of this page for an explanation of the colors.
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At last count:
1229 endpoints (out of 1239) have been photographed (99%). Of those, there are 390 current endpoints, all of which have been photographed. (This interactive map shows the handful of remaining endpoints that still need to be photo'd).
Over 600 webpages, containing approx. 4900 images, including 81 route maps.
Over 200 people have contributed photos and/or information (acknowledgments and contact info here)...
But this website will never be "finished"!
I have an ongoing request for submissions, because some of the photos really aren't that great, and even good photographs eventually become outdated due to changes: (signs get replaced, highways get realigned, numbers get changed, etc.) So read this page for answers to the questions: what, where, and how to photograph, and how to get your photos and/or information posted on these pages...
My rationale for doing these pages...
US highways are not the same as interstate highways. If you're looking for endpoints of interstates, try this page at aaroads.com. If you want endpoints of state highways, check this index at state-ends.com. Additional photos of some US highway endpoints can be viewed on Adam Froehlig's pages.
Please note: Robert Droz has done extensive research on current and historic termini of existing, decommissioned, and unsigned US highway routes (view his site here). Much of the info presented on my pages has been enriched with information from his site. If you're like me and you don't have access to many historic atlases or road maps, let me emphasize that his pages are a great resource.
Images used on my pages are posted with the permission of the contributor. In the event that you want to use any images from this site: please contact the photographer or mapmaker directly (that link provides a way to contact just about everyone who has contributed to these pages). If no one is credited for a particular photo or map, that's because I did it. You're welcome to use any of my images, as long as you give me credit and link my name to this page. And please let me know when your page is online; my e-mail address is at the bottom of every page. I have full-resolution versions of many of my photos; contact me for details.
|Legend for the US highway endpoint charts:|
|"Main" (or "parent") US highways (those with 1- or 2-digit numbers) are highlighted in blue, and are listed numerically.|
|"Branches" of main highways (3-digit numbers) are highlighted in light blue - and are listed under their 1- or 2-digit "parent" highway. If you are looking for a particular 3-digit US highway, but don't know its "parent" - just take the last two digits. For example, the last two digits in US 401 are "01" - so its "parent" highway is US 1. (There are a few exceptions; see "violations" below.)|
|A yellow highlight indicates a historic US "main" route which has been completely decommissioned.|
|A light yellow highlight indicates a historic US "branch" route which has been completely decommissioned.|
|Any route shown in italics appeared on a US highway system planning map, but for one reason or another was probably never actually signed on the road itself. These routes are included here to help explain some of the "gaps" in the system: for example, why in 1926 there was a US 150 and a US 350 - but no US 250. Please refer to Robert Droz's site for more specifics. At this point I don't intend to post photos of the proposed endpoints for these almost-routes.|
|Highways highlighted in pink are 3-digit routes with numbers that I consider to be major violations of the US route numbering system. I differentiated these routes because it would be misleading to simply list them as typical "branch" routes - when they actually never even came close to their implied "main" route. A list of these misnumbered routes (along with other 3-digit route numbering curiosities) can be found here.|
|Any number that has been used on more than one US route is followed by a Roman numeral in brackets (the same system used by Robert Droz). For example, the original US 401 is listed on these pages as US 401 [I]. Sometime after that route number was decommissioned, the same number was assigned to a significantly different highway. That route is listed on these pages as US 401 [II]. The current US 401 is actually the third highway route to be assigned that number; it is listed as US 401 [III].|
|At least one photo of nearly every current and historic terminus is available at this site. Click on the US highway number to view its page. On the individual route pages, all current and historic endpoints are listed. An endpoint displayed in italics is what I consider to be mostly irrelevant. I realize that's subjective, but the point is I'm not inclined to waste bandwidth by posting photos of statelines where a highway happened to end for a few years, or of "incremental" endpoints that were just temporary while a route was in the process of being truncated or extended to another location.|
|An orange highlight color indicates that no photo is currently available on this site. However, if a terminus is hyperlinked, that will take you to another site which does have a photo of that endpoint. Got a photo that I'm missing? Got a better photo? A different one? Or more information? ...please click here.|
|The "Historic" column indicates the number of historic endpoints for each route, as well as the number of these endpoints for which I have photo. For example, if a route has an entry of "4/5", that means historically there have been five other endpoints besides the ones listed, and photos of four of them are available at this website.|
|The "Map" column contains links to (obviously enough) maps showing each of the US routes. All highways are shown in the context of their "route family" (in other words, 3-digit branch routes are shown on the same map as their 2-digit parent route).|
Use the menu bar (at the upper left of this page) to find your highway of interest.