Texas State Highway 79

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State Highway 79 marker

State Highway 79
Route information
Maintained by TxDOT
Length: 96.20 mi[1] (154.82 km)
Existed: 1926 – present
Major junctions
South end: US 183 / US 283 in Throckmorton
 

US 281 in Wichita Falls

US 82 / US 287 in Wichita Falls
North end: SH-79 at Oklahoma state line
Highway system
SH 78 SH 80

State Highway 79 or SH 79 is a state highway in the U.S. state of Texas that runs 96 miles (154 km) from Throckmorton to the Oklahoma state line near Byers. It was originally designated in 1926 along its current route, except for the unfinished portion from Olney to Elbert. This section was completed by 1938. The route was previously proposed as the northern sections of SH 22 and SH 23. The intersection of Hwy 79 and Hwy 25, in Archer City, was the location for the filming of movie The Last Picture Show in 1971.

Route description[edit]

SH 79 begins at an intersection with US 183/US 283 in Throckmorton. The highway runs in an east-west direction until FM 926, east of Elbert. The highway turns northeast, running to Olney and Archer City. The highway enters Wichita Falls and almost immediately begins an overlap with US 281 on the Henry S. Grace Freeway. At the interchange with US 82/US 287, US 281 travels north to downtown while SH 79 travels to the east. Shortly after joining US 82/287, SH 79 leaves the highways and runs on the eastern edge of the city as the Waurika Freeway. SH 79 runs through Dean, Petrolia and Byers before entering Oklahoma as OK-79.

Junction list[edit]

County Location Destinations Notes
Throckmorton Throckmorton US 183 / US 283 – Albany, Breckenridge, Seymour
FM 2356 north
FM 2459 north
Elbert FM 1711 south South end of FM 1711 overlap
FM 1711 north North end of FM 1711 overlap
Young FM 578 south
FM 926 east – Newcastle
FM 2898 north
FM 3366 north – Olney Municipal Airport
Olney Loop 132 north (Avenue M) / FM 3329 south
SH 251 south – Newcastle
SH 114 – Seymour, Jacksboro
FM 1768 east
Archer Archer City SH 25 – Electra, Windthorst
FM 2224 north – Holliday
FM 1954 – Holliday
Wichita Wichita Falls Loop 473 (Old Jacksboro Highway) / FM 369 (Southeast Parkway) Interchange
US 281 south – Jacksboro Interchange; south end of freeway; south end of US 281 overlap
Hatton Road – Kickapoo Downtown Airport
Midwestern Parkway
US 82 west / US 281 north / US 287 north to I‑44 – Wichita Falls, Amarillo, Lawton North end of US 281 overlap; south end of US 82/287 overlap
Old Windthorst Road No southbound entrance to SH 79
US 82 east / US 287 south / Hammon Road – Henrietta, Fort Worth North end of US 82/287 overlap

Bus. US 287 (Scott Avenue)
Petrolia Avenue Southbound exit and northbound entrance; north end of freeway
Clay FM 3393 west (Old Petrolia Road)
Dean FM 2393 – Jolly
Petrolia SH 148 south / FM 810 north – Henrietta, Charlie
Byers FM 171 east – Ringgold South end of FM 171 overlap
FM 171 west – Burkburnett North end of FM 171 overlap
Crosses the Red River into Oklahoma; continues as OK-79

References[edit]

  1. ^ Texas Department of Transportation, [1]