Minnesota State Highway 44
Highway 44 highlighted in red
|Maintained by Mn/DOT|
|Length:||35.978 mi (57.901 km)|
|Existed:||1920 – present|
|West end:||U.S. 52 in Canton Township|
| MN 43 at Mabel
MN 76 at Caledonia
|East end:||MN 16 in Hokah|
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.
The section of Highway 44 between Caledonia and Hokah passes through the Richard J. Dorer State Forest.
Highway 44 was authorized in 1920. The route was paved in its entirety by 1940.
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.
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.
|Fillmore||Canton Township||29.937||48.179||US 52|
|Newburg Township||35.315||56.834||CR 28|
|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|
|53.595||86.253||MN 76||North end of MN 76 overlap|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
*Steve Riner Details of Routes 26 to 50. Unofficial Minnesota Highways Page. Accessed January 21, 2008.
- Minnesota DNR website for Beaver Creek Valley State Park - Link
- Riner, Steve. "Details of routes 26-50". The Unofficial Minnesota Highways Page. Self-published.[unreliable source]
- "Southern Minnesota Air Line". October 20, 1919. Retrieved November 12, 2008.