Oklahoma State Highway 63

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State Highway 63 marker

State Highway 63
Route information
Maintained by ODOT
Length: 96.7 mi (155.6 km)
Existed: November 6, 1935[1] – present
Major junctions
West end: US 69.svg US-69 in Kiowa
East end: Arkansas 8.svg AR-8 at the Arkansas state line
Highway system
US-62 US-64

State Highway 63 (abbreviated SH-63) is a 96.7 mile (155.6 km)[2] state highway in southeastern Oklahoma. It runs from U.S. Highway 69 in Kiowa to the Arkansas state line. SH-1 forms a concurrency with SH-63 for 37.8 miles (60.8 km), nearly forty percent of the highway's length.[2] SH-63 has one spur route, designated as SH-63A.

SH-63 was added to the state highway system on November 6, 1935 as a short link highway between Talihina and SH-2. The highway was gradually extended to its present length between then and 1960. When the current incarnation of SH-1 was established, the middle of SH-63 was turned over to the new highway, leaving SH-63 in two separate parts. The two sections were connected via a concurrency in the early 1980s.

Route description[edit]

SH-63 heads northeast from Kiowa, passing through Pittsburg and crossing under the Indian Nation Turnpike near Blanco. In Haileyville, it meets US-270/SH-1 and begins a concurrency with them. After passing through Hartshorne, US-270 splits off. Seven miles (11 km) later, the highways pass through unincorporated Higgins, then continues east for 9 miles (14 km), where they meets State Highway 2 and the two highways concur with it.[3]

The SH-1/2/63 concurrency heads south for six miles (10 km).[3] West of Buffalo Valley, SH-2 splits off to the south as SH-1/63 head east. In Talihina, the highways meet US-271, which SH-1 joins. SH-63 heads east alone, passing through Whitesboro and Muse. In Big Cedar, it crosses U.S. Highway 259. It then enters Ouachita National Forest and ends at the state line. Arkansas Highway 8 continues on to Mena.

History[edit]

State Highway 63 was first established on November 6, 1935 as a connection between SH-2 and US-271 in Talihina.[1] On April 1, 1936, the highway was extended east to end at the Arkansas state line.[1][4] This remained the highway's extent for the remainder of the 1930s and the 1940s.

The highway was extended west for the first time on August 4, 1952, when SH-63's western terminus was set at US-270 near Hartshorne.[1] The highway was extended further west on January 29, 1960, bringing it to US-69 in Kiowa.[1] The SH-63 of 1960 had the same basic route as that of the present day.[5] Minor realignments to the highway occurred on September 6, 1962 northwest of the northern SH-2 junction, and through Haileyville and Hartshorne on August 3, 1964.[1]

The current State Highway 1 was designated on February 5, 1968.[1] The portion of highway between Haileyville and Talihina was made solely part of SH-1. This left SH-63 in two discontinuous sections, one between Kiowa and Haileyville and one from Talihina to the Arkansas line.[6] This situation would persist for fifteen years. On July 7, 1983, SH-63 was restored between the two segments, forming the SH-1/63 concurrency.[1] No further changes have occurred to the highway since.

Junction list[edit]

County Location Mile[2] km Destinations Notes
Pittsburg Kiowa 0.0 0.0 US-69 Western terminus
Haileyville 21.9 35.2 US-270 / SH-1 Western terminus of US-270/SH-1 concurrency
Hartshorne 24.6 39.6 US-270 Eastern terminus of US-270 concurrency
Latimer   39.9 64.2 SH-2 Northern terminus of SH-2 concurrency
  46.0 74.0 SH-2 Southern terminus of SH-2 concurrency
  57.9 93.2 SH-63A Southern terminus of SH-63A
Le Flore Talihina 59.2 95.3 SH-82 Southern terminus of SH-82
59.7 96.1 SH-1 Eastern terminus of SH-1 concurrency
Big Cedar 85.4 137.4 US-271
  96.7 155.6 Hwy. 8 Eastern terminus, Arkansas state line
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

SH-63A[edit]

SH-63A shield

SH-63 has one lettered spur, SH-63A. SH-63A begins at SH-1/63 two miles (3 km) west of Talihina. It heads north for 14-mile (0.40 km) before forking into two separate highways. The west fork goes to the Choctaw Nation hospital, while the east fork goes to the Oklahoma Veterans Center.[7] The west fork is exactly 1.00 mile (1.61 km) long, and the southern and eastern forks together are 1.40 miles (2.25 km), for a total combined length of 2.40 miles (3.86 km).[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Oklahoma Department of Transportation. "Memorial Dedication and Revision History, SH 63". Retrieved 2010-05-04. 
  2. ^ a b c Stuve, Eric. "OK-63". OKHighways.com. Retrieved 2007-02-21. 
  3. ^ a b Oklahoma Department of Transportation. Official State Map (Map) (2009–10 ed.). http://www.odot.org/hqdiv/p-r-div/maps/state-maps/2009state/pdfs/state-map.pdf. Retrieved 2010-05-03.
  4. ^ Oklahoma Department of Highways. Map Showing Condition of Improvement of the State Highway System and Landing Fields (Map) (May 1936 ed.). http://www.odot.org/hqdiv/p-r-div/maps/state-maps/pdfs/1936.pdf. Retrieved 2010-05-04.
  5. ^ Oklahoma Department of Highways. Oklahoma 1961 Road Map (Map). http://www.odot.org/hqdiv/p-r-div/maps/state-maps/pdfs/1961.pdf. Retrieved 2010-05-04.
  6. ^ Oklahoma Department of Highways. Oklahoma 1969 (Map). http://www.odot.org/hqdiv/p-r-div/maps/state-maps/pdfs/1969.pdf. Retrieved 2010-05-04.
  7. ^ Stuve, Eric. "OK-63a". OKHighways.com. Retrieved 2010-05-04. 
  8. ^ Oklahoma Department of Transportation (August 27) (PDF). Control Section Maps – Latimer County (Map). Cartography by ODOT. http://www.odot.org/hqdiv/p-r-div/maps/control-maps/latimer.pdf. Retrieved 2010-05-04.