Ranch to Market Road 1837
|Maintained by TxDOT|
|Length:||3.383 mi (5.444 km)|
|Existed:||1953 – present|
|History:||Formerly a route in Kaufman County|
|West end:||Camp Mitre Peak|
|East end:||SH 118|
Ranch to Market Road 1837, Ranch Road 1837, or RM 1837 is a road maintained by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) connecting the Girl Scouts of the USA's Camp Mitre Peak to State highway 118 14.2 miles south of Fort Davis. The road is part of the state's Farm and Ranch to Market Road System. RM 1837 is located entirely within Jeff Davis County.
In 1951, Farm to Market Road 1837 was originally designated as a 4.8-mile (7.7 km) road in Kaufman County. The original route extended southeastward from U.S. Route 80 1.0 mile (1.6 km) east of Terrell. That designation was canceled in 1953 when the original road was added as an extension to FM 429.
Jeff Davis County
Two months after the Kaufman County designation ended, the route number was assigned to the present route in Jeff Davis County. The following year, the designation was again canceled, and the route was relinquished back to county administration. In 1955, the state again assumed control over the road's maintenance, and the road was again designated as FM 1837. The road was given its current ranch to market designation in 1959.
There are no cities or towns along RM 1837, and no intersections with any other public roads west of its terminus at SH 118. The road has narrow lanes and unpaved, grassy shoulders. The road relies on low-water crossings rather than bridges to cross streams leaving the roadway subject to flooding after heavy rainfall. The speed limit on RM 1832 is 70 miles per hour (113 km/h) daytime and 65 miles per hour (105 km/h) at night.
Much of the right-of-way is not fenced despite all of the ranch land along it being in private holdings. The road crosses over cattle guards between pastures, and loose livestock pose a hazard for motorists.
- Transportation Planning and Programming Division. "Highway Designation File: Ranch to Market Road No. 1837". Texas Department of Transportation. Retrieved 2009-12-7.
- Google Inc. "SH 118 between junction of RM 1837 and Fort Davis". Google Maps (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc. http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=TX-118+N&daddr=State+St+%26+Cemetery+Rd+Fort+Davis+TX&hl=en&geocode=FXQi0QEdyA3R-Q%3B&mra=ls&sll=30.535355,-103.824577&sspn=0.135139,0.220413&ie=UTF8&ll=30.537425,-103.817368&spn=0.135136,0.220413&z=12. Retrieved 2009-12-6.