Ranch to Market Road 337

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Ranch to Market Road 337 marker

Ranch to Market Road 337
Route information
Maintained by TxDOT
Length: 56.1 mi[1] (90.3 km)
Existed: 1945 – present
Major junctions
West end: SH 55 in Camp Wood
  US 83
East end: SH 16 in Medina
Location
Counties: Real, Bandera
Highway system
RM 336 FM 338
Looking east on Ranch to Market Road 337 about 4 miles west of Leakey.

Ranch to Market Road 337 or RM 337 is a Texas state road that runs from Camp Wood east to Medina. The route was designated in 1945 between Camp Wood and Leakey in Real County, but was gradually extended eastward over the years until in 1968 it stretched to RM 187 at Vanderpool in Bandera County. In 1976, an additional 9.7 miles (15.6 km) were added east from RM 187 to connect to SH 16 in Medina, bringing the road to its present form.[2]

Passing through the canyonland of the Texas Hill Country northwest of San Antonio, RM 337 is renowned for its hairpin switchbacks[3] and extreme natural beauty; it has been called one of the most scenic drives in Texas.[4][5][6] Texas Monthly magazine named the road no. 18 on its list of "75 Things We Love About Texas" in its April 2006 issue.[7]

History[edit]

Ranch to Market Road 337 was first designated on June 11, 1945, traveling from Camp Wood to Leakey. On December 1, 1957, it was extended 6.5 miles (10.5 km) eastward, and on September 27th of 1960, the route was extended another 3 miles (4.8 km) eastward. On November 1, 1968, the highway was extended eastward to an intersection with RM 187. On February 16, 1976, FM 1336 from SH 16 west 9.8 miles was added to the length of RM 337, adding 9.8 miles (15.8 km) to the route. In addition, 9.7 miles were added from RM 187 to the end of FM 1336.[1]

Junction list[edit]

County Location Mile[8] km Destinations Notes
Real Camp Wood 0.000 0.000 SH 55 Western Terminus
Leakey 21.314 34.302 US 83
Bandera Vanderpool 36.517 58.768 RM 187 North end of RM 187 concurrency
37.716 60.698 RM 187 South end of RM 187 concurrency
Medina 56.101 90.286 SH 16 Eastern Terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Transportation Planning and Programming Division. "Ranch to Market Road No. 337". Highway Designation Files. Texas Department of Transportation. Retrieved October 29, 2012. 
  2. ^ Google Inc. "Overview map of Ranch to Market Road 337". Google Maps (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc. http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=E+4th+St/Ranch+Rd+337&daddr=6th+St/Ranch+Rd+337+to:Ranch+Rd+337+to:Ranch+Rd+187+to:Ranch+Rd+337&hl=en&geocode=FTq4xAEdme4J-g%3BFciOxQEdKLwN-g%3BFYASxgEdSskQ-g%3BFVjaxQEdCeoQ-g%3BFaW2xgEdm4cV-g&abauth=c79f7a1e:oj3ffWVNufSKugqH9NHG__kJuYc&vps=6&ei=5o9dT6WeKabiyQXJz53SBw&jsv=399b&sll=29.721955,-99.758928&sspn=0.011013,0.013797&vpsrc=0&gl=us&mra=ls&num=10. Retrieved March 11, 2012.
  3. ^ Burka, Paul (April 1983). "Texas Primer: The Farm-to-Market Road". Texas Monthly. Retrieved 2011-08-06. 
  4. ^ "Texas' Top Ten Roads". Retrieved 2008-08-26. 
  5. ^ Hodge, Larry; Syers, Ed (2000). "Backroads of Texas" (4th ed.). Lanham, MD: Lone Star Books. 
  6. ^ "A Sunday Drive in the Texas Hill Country". Retrieved 2008-08-26. 
  7. ^ "Bandera, Texas - Visitor & Real Estate Guide to Bandera, Texas". Retrieved 2008-08-26. 
  8. ^ Texas Department of Transportation (2012). Statewide Planning Map (Map). Cartography by Transportation Planning and Programming Division. http://www.dot.state.tx.us/travel/planning_map.htm. Retrieved January 22, 2013.