Minnesota State Highway 50

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Trunk Highway 50 marker

Trunk Highway 50
Route information
Maintained by Mn/DOT
Length: 15.082 mi[1] (24.272 km)
Existed: 1920 – present
Major junctions
West end: MN-3.svg MN 3 at Farmington
  US 52.svg MN-56.svg U.S. 52 / MN 56 at Hampton
MN 20 at Douglas Township
East end: US 61.svg U.S. 61 at Douglas Township, near Miesville
Location
Counties: Dakota
Highway system
  • Minnesota Trunk Highways
MN 48 MN 51

Minnesota State Highway 50 (MN 50) is a highway in Minnesota, which runs from its intersection with State Highway 3 and Dakota County Road 74 in Farmington and continues east to its eastern terminus at its intersection with U.S. 61 and State Highway 20 near Miesville.

State Highway 50 is 15 miles (24 km) in length and passes through the communities of Farmington, Empire Township, Castle Rock Township, Hampton, Hampton Township, New Trier, and Douglas Township.

Route description[edit]

State Highway 50 serves as an east–west route between Farmington, Hampton, New Trier, and Miesville.

The route is located in Dakota County.

State Highway 50 is also known as:

State Highway 50 and adjoining County Road 74 are also known as Ash Street in the city of Farmington.

Signs at the east end of MN 50 near Miesville

History[edit]

State Highway 50 was authorized in 1920 between Cannon Falls and Minneapolis. U.S. Highway 55 was routed along this highway in 1926. 55 was removed in 1934, and much of the road was replaced by U.S. Highways 52 and 65.[2]

The route was paved between Hampton and Farmington as early as 1929.

In 1949, State Highway 50 was extended east of Hampton to U.S. 61 near Miesville along 240th Street East.

At one time, State Highway 50 had continued farther west. From 1957 to 1994, the route had continued west of Farmington on present day Dakota County Highway 50 between State Highway 3 in Farmington and Interstate 35 in Lakeville. This section had also previously been part of old U.S. Highway 65 from 1934 to 1957.

The section of Highway 50 between Hampton and Miesville was paved by 1961.

Major intersections[edit]

The entire route is in Dakota County.

Location Mile[1] km Destinations Notes
Farmington 10.725 17.260 MN 3
Castle Rock Township 14.731 23.707 CR 79 (Blaine Avenue)
Hampton Township 16.401 26.395 CR 81 (Darson Avenue)
Hampton 31.882 51.309 County 47 (Northfield Boulevard)
18.750 30.175 CR 80 (240th Street E.)
18.936 30.475 MN 56 Access to and from southbound US 52
19.029 30.624 US 52 northbound Interchange
Hampton Township 20.891 33.621 CR 85 north (Goodwin Avenue)
New Trier 21.894 35.235 CR 85 south (Hogan Avenue)
Hampton Twp. / Douglas Twp. 22.882 36.825 CR 89 (Inga Avenue)
Douglas Township 25.700 41.360 MN 20
25.775 41.481 US 61
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Trunk Highway Log Point Listing - Construction District 5" (PDF). Minnesota Department of Transportation. August 20, 2010. Retrieved October 21, 2010. 
  2. ^ Riner, Steve. "Details of routes 26-50". The Unofficial Minnesota Highways Page. Self-published. Retrieved October 21, 2010. [unreliable source]