Minnesota State Highway 44

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Trunk Highway 44 marker

Trunk Highway 44
Highway 44 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by Mn/DOT
Length: 35.978 mi (57.901 km)
Existed: 1920 – present
Major junctions
West end: US 52.svg U.S. 52 in Canton Township
  MN-43.svg MN 43 at Mabel
MN-76.svg MN 76 at Caledonia
East end: MN-16.svg MN 16 in Hokah
Location
Counties: Fillmore, Houston
Highway system
  • Minnesota Trunk Highways
MN 43 MN 45

Minnesota State Highway 44 is a highway in southeast Minnesota, which runs from its intersection with U.S. 52 in Canton Township, near Prosper, and continues east to its eastern terminus at its intersection with State Highway 16 in Hokah, near La Crescent.

Highway 44 is 36 miles (58 km) in length.

Route description[edit]

Highway 44 serves as an east–west route between Mabel, Spring Grove, Caledonia, and Hokah in southeast Minnesota.

The section of Highway 44 between Caledonia and Hokah passes through the Richard J. Dorer State Forest.

Highway 44 runs concurrent with State Highway 76 for three miles at Caledonia.

Beaver Creek Valley State Park is located near the junction of Highways 44 and 76 at the north edge of Caledonia. The park entrance is located four miles west on County Road 1 via Highway 76.[1]

History[edit]

Highway 44 was authorized in 1920. The route was paved in its entirety by 1940.[2]

The route was originally designated as an auto trail named the Southern Minnesota Air Line in a 1919 application. The Southern Minnesota Air Line continued west from Preston to the South Dakota state line on a route that later followed old U.S. Highway 16.[3]

At one time, Highway 44 had continued farther west, extending over what is now County Highway 44 in Fillmore County. The section of present day County 44 between Harmony and U.S. Highway 63 (south of Spring Valley) was designated Highway 44 between 1972 and 1995.

Major intersections[edit]

County Location Mile km Destinations Notes
Fillmore Canton Township 29.937 48.179 US 52
Newburg Township 35.315 56.834 CR 28
Mabel 35.382 56.942 MN 43
Houston Spring Grove Township 39.322 63.283 CR 8 north
39.396 63.402 CR 8 south
Spring Grove 42.379 68.202 CR 4
43.157 69.454 CR 16 (Maple Drive)
Caledonia Township 50.418 81.140 MN 76 South end of MN 76 overlap
Caledonia 52.456 84.420 CR 12
52.833 85.026 County square 3.png CR 3
53.595 86.253 MN 76 North end of MN 76 overlap
Hokah 66.348 106.777 MN 16
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

*Steve Riner Details of Routes 26 to 50. Unofficial Minnesota Highways Page. Accessed January 21, 2008.

  1. ^ Minnesota DNR website for Beaver Creek Valley State Park - Link
  2. ^ Riner, Steve. "Details of routes 26-50". The Unofficial Minnesota Highways Page. Self-published. [unreliable source]
  3. ^ "Southern Minnesota Air Line". October 20, 1919. Retrieved November 12, 2008.