Minnesota State Highway 72

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Trunk Highway 72 marker

Trunk Highway 72
Route information
Maintained by Mn/DOT
Length: 76.810 mi[2] (123.614 km)
Existed: 1923[1] – present
Major junctions
South end: US 71 at Blackduck
  MN 1 at Shooks
MN 11 at Baudette
North end: Highway 11 at Rainy River, ON
Location
Counties: Beltrami, Lake of the Woods
Highway system
  • Minnesota Trunk Highways
US 71 MN 73

Minnesota State Highway 72 (MN 72) is a highway in northwest Minnesota, which runs from its intersection with U.S. 71 in Blackduck and continues north to its northern terminus at the Canadian border in Baudette. The road continues as Ontario Highway 11 upon entering the town of Rainy River, Ontario at the Baudette-Rainy River International Bridge.

Highway 72 is 77 miles (124 km) in length.

Route description[edit]

State Highway 72 serves as a north–south route between the communities of Blackduck, Shooks, Kelliher, and Baudette.

The roadway passes through the Red Lake State Forest in northeast Beltrami County between Kelliher and Waskish. Big Bog State Recreation Area is located on Highway 72, immediately north of Waskish.

Highway 72 crosses the Rainy River at Baudette.

History[edit]

State Highway 72 was authorized as one of the first two Minnesota legislative routes in 1923. This portion of the route was located between Blackduck and Baudette.

The route was paved by 1942.

At one time, Highway 72 had continued farther north, extending over what is now State Highway 172 in Lake of the Woods County. The section of present day Minnesota 172 between State Highway 11 (at Baudette) and Wheeler's Point (at Lake of the Woods) was originally designated Minnesota 72 as well between 1934 and 1963.

Major intersections[edit]

County Location Mile[2] km Destinations Notes
Beltrami Blackduck 0.000 0.000 US 71
Hines Township 1.829 2.943 CR 32
Hornet Township 6.895 11.096 CR 41
Shooks Township 9.910 15.949 MN 1, CR 36 north West end of MN 1 overlap
Shooks 14.970 24.092 MN 1 East end of MN 1 overlap
Kelliher 19.586 31.521 CR 36 west
19.696 31.698 CR 36 east
Shotley Brook 29.752 47.881 CR 23
Lake of the Woods Swiftwater Township 59.889 96.382 CR-1.png CR 1
Township 158-30 62.375 100.383 CR 16 (Hay Creek Road)
Boone Township 62.873 101.184 CR 16 (51st Street SE)
Rapid River Township 65.878 106.020 CR 7 (39th Street SE)
Gudrid Township 71.875 115.672 CR 19 (15th Street SE)
Baudette 73.880 118.898 CR 35
74.680 120.186 MN 11 East end of MN 11 overlap
76.377 122.917 MN 11 West end of MN 11 overlap
76.518 123.144 CR 26 (2nd Street NE)
Rainy River 76.864 Highway 11
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

  1. ^ Riner, Steve. "Details of Routes 51-75". The Unofficial Minnesota Highways Page. Retrieved 2006-12-16. 
  2. ^ a b "Trunk Highway Log Point Listing - Construction District 2" (PDF). Minnesota Department of Transportation. August 23, 2010. Retrieved October 26, 2010.