Oklahoma State Highway 47

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State Highway 47
Route information
Maintained by ODOT
Length: 94.6 mi[2] (152.2 km)
Existed: November 12, 1936[1] – present
Major junctions
West end: Texas FM 2124.svg FM 2124 at the Texas state line
East end: Oklahoma State Highway 33.svg SH-33 in Thomas
Highway system
SH-46 SH-48

State Highway 47 (SH-47 or OK-47) is a state highway in Oklahoma. It runs 94.6 miles (152.2 km) west-to-east in Roger Mills, Dewey and Custer counties.[2]

The current SH-47 was first established in late 1936. Over time it was expanded, reaching its current extent in 1945. A lettered spur route, SH-47A, was added in 1965.

Route description[edit]

State Highway 47 begins at the Texas state line, where FM 2124 becomes SH-47 upon entering Oklahoma, in the Black Kettle National Grassland. Four miles (6.4 km) later, SH-30 joins the highway for a three-mile (5 km) concurrency just south of Reydon.[3] Just outside the community of Rankin, SH-30 turns to the south, and SH-47 continues off to the east.

A few miles west of Cheyenne, SH-47A branches off in a loop to the north, rejoining Highway 47 in a couple of miles. South of Cheyenne, SH-47 joins US-283 for a concurrency to the north. SH-33 also joins in on the concurrency, with a signed direction opposite that of SH-47 (a wrong-way concurrency). SH-47 and US-283/SH-33 parts ways at Roll, where SH-47 resumes its travel to the east.

From Roll, the highway travels 21 miles (34 km) to a junction with SH-34 just south of Leedey.[3] SH-47 continues east for 22 miles (35 km) until it reaches a junction with US-183.[3] There, it turns to the south for a five-mile (8 km) concurrency.[3] After leaving US-183, SH-47 travels another 13 miles (21 km) to the east to its terminus at SH-33 in Thomas.[3]

History[edit]

The current incarnation of State Highway 47 was first commissioned on November 12, 1936.[1] Originally, the highway began at SH-34 south of Leedey and proceeded east to end at SH-14 (present-day US-183) south of Putnam.[4] However, the road was removed from the state highway system just over a year later, on the last day of 1937. It was brought back with the same extent on June 19, 1939.[1]

Throughout the early 1940s, SH-47 underwent a period of expansion. The first extension of the highway came on June 20, 1940, when it was extended west to end at US-283 in Roll.[1][5] SH-47 was extended east to Thomas via US-183 on May 31, 1944.[1] The final extension occurred on October 1, 1945, when the highway was extended south down US-283 to Cheyenne, then west to the Texas state line.[1]

SH-33 and SH-47 swapped places west of US-283 on July 9, 1956; SH-47 proceeded due west of Roll to the Texas state line, while SH-33 passed through Cheyenne and turned toward the west south of there.[1] This gave both highways straighter courses and resolved the wrong-way concurrency. However, the change was rescinded on August 13, 1956.[1]

Two minor realignments were done to SH-47 in the 1960s. The first, on April 3, 1961, relocated the highway west of Aledo, while the other one, on May 5, 1964, adjusted it between Roll and Angora. SH-47 has undergone no changes since.[1]

Junction list[edit]

County Location mi[2] km Destinations Notes
Roger Mills   0.0 0.0 FM 2124 Western terminus, Oklahoma state line
Reydon 4.2 6.8 SH-30 Northern terminus of SH-30 concurrency
Rankin 7.1 11.4 SH-30 Southern terminus of SH-30 concurrency
  18.4 29.6 SH-47A Western terminus of SH-47A
  19.9 32.0 SH-47A Eastern terminus of SH-47A
  20.8 33.5 US-283 Southern terminus of US-283 concurrency
  25.4 40.9 SH-33 Southern terminus of SH-33 concurrency
Roll 33.4 53.8 US-283 / SH-33 Northern terminus of US-283/SH-33 concurrency
Dewey   54.5 87.7 SH-34
  76.8 123.6 US-183 Northern terminus of US-183 concurrency
Custer   81.8 131.6 US-183 Southern terminus of US-183 concurrency
Thomas 94.6 152.2 SH-33 Eastern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Spurs[edit]

Oklahoma State Highway 47A.svg

Two highways have served as branch routes during SH-47's history. Both of these bore the SH-47A designation.

Historic[edit]

Historically, SH-47A was a spur serving the central business district of Reydon. The highway was commissioned on a temporary basis on February 8, 1950. Its alignment was adjusted, and the highway received a permanent commission, on January 8, 1951. The highway was turned back over to the town on December 6, 1954.[1]

Current[edit]

The current SH-47A is a 2.15-mile (3.46 km) loop route that connects to SH-47 at both ends west of Cheyenne.[6] The highway is entirely located within Roger Mills County and the Black Kettle National Grassland. It provides access to the Washita Battlefield National Historic Site.

SH-47A was commissioned on September 7, 1965.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Oklahoma Department of Transportation. "Memorial Dedication and Revision History, SH 47". Oklahoma Department of Transportation. Retrieved 2010-04-16. 
  2. ^ a b c Stuve, Eric. "OK-47". OKHighways.com. Retrieved September 20, 2006. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Official State Map (PDF) (Map) (2009–10 ed.). Oklahoma Department of Transportation. Retrieved 2010-04-16. 
  4. ^ Map Showing Condition of Improvement of the State Highway System (PDF) (Map) (April 1937 ed.). Oklahoma Department of Highways. Retrieved 2010-04-16. 
  5. ^ Map Showing Condition of Improvement of the State Highway System (PDF) (Map) (April 1941 ed.). Oklahoma Department of Highways. Retrieved 2010-04-16. 
  6. ^ 2008 Control Section Maps – Roger Mills County (PDF) (Map). Oklahoma Department of Transportation. Retrieved 2010-04-16. 

External links[edit]

Route map: Bing