U.S. Route 36 in Missouri
|Maintained by MoDOT|
|West end:||US-36 in St. Joseph|
| I-229 / US 59 in St. Joseph
US 169 in St. Joseph
I-29 / US 71 in St. Joseph
I-35 / Route 110 in Cameron
US 65 in Chillicothe
US 63 in Macon
US 24 in Monroe City
US 24 near Hannibal
US 61 in Hannibal
I-72 in Hannibal
|East end:||I-72 / US 36 / IL 110 / Great River Road at Illinois state line|
In the U.S. state of Missouri, U.S. Route 36 is an expressway with many freeway sections, connecting Kansas to Illinois. From Cameron to the Illinois state line, it forms part of the principal route between Kansas City and Chicago, known as the Chicago–Kansas City Expressway.
All of US 36 in Missouri is named the V.F.W. Memorial Highway.
U.S. Route 36 in Missouri runs from the Pony Express Bridge over the Missouri River in St. Joseph to the Mark Twain Memorial Bridge over the Mississippi River in Hannibal. After leaving the Missouri River valley, U.S. 36 then links major cities in Northern Missouri with Kansas City and cities in the east. From Cameron to the Illinois state line, it is overlapped with Missouri Route 110, also known as the Chicago–Kansas City Expressway. Starting in St. Joseph, it passes through the cities of Cameron, Hamilton, Chillicothe, Macon, Shelbina, Monroe City, and Brookfield. The final 2 miles (3.2 km) of US 36 in Missouri is concurrent with Interstate 72. The route passes through mostly flat, fertile, productive farmland. Even though there are some surface intersections, U.S. 36 has many grade-separated interchanges and town bypasses that suggest a future extension of I-72 west from Hannibal.
US 36 across Missouri parallels the route of the Hannibal and St. Joseph Railroad, which was the reason St. Joseph was selected for the Pony Express. The two towns were the second and third largest cities in the State of Missouri prior to the American Civil War. Prior to the establishment of the railroad in the late 1850s, the stagecoach route was called the "Hound Dog Trail."
The road was originally Route 8 from 1922 to 1926, before being designated as US 36. Over the years some busier sections were upgraded to four lanes. On August 3, 2005, residents of Macon, Marion, Monroe, Shelby, and Ralls counties approved Proposition 36B, which excluded Ralls County from the Transportation Development District, and allowed for a 4-lane US 36 to be constructed without Ralls County's participation. In June 2010 work was completed making US 36 a four-lane highway across the entire state, saving considerable travel time.
|Pony Express Bridge over the Missouri River|
|Buchanan||St. Joseph||1A||Route 759 (4th Street) to I-229 north to US 59 north||Only westbound exit is signed as Route 759|
|I-229 / US 59 – Kansas City, Council Bluffs||Short gap in freeway|
|1B||I-229 north / US 59 north – Council Bluffs||Westbound exit and eastbound entrance|
|I-29 Bus. (9th Street, 10th Street)||Signed as exits 1C (south) and 1D (north)|
|5||US 169 (Belt Highway)|
|6||I-29 / US 71 – Kansas City, Council Bluffs||Signed as exits 6A (south) and 6B (north)|
|8||Route AC (Riverside Road) – Missouri Western State University||East end of freeway|
|Route Z north / Route C south|
|Route 31 south – Gower||West end of Route 31 overlap|
|Route AB north|
|DeKalb||Route 31 north to Route 6 – King City||East end of Route 31 overlap|
|Stewartsville||Route K south – Plattsburg|
|Route N north|
|Route J north – Amity|
|Route 33 south – Plattsburg||West end of Route 33 overlap|
|Route 33 north / Route M south – Maysville, Lathrop||East end of Route 33 overlap|
|Route C north|
US 36 Bus. east – Cameron
US 69 / I-35 Bus. south / US 36 Bus. west – Bethany, Cameron
|Interchange; west end of I-35 Bus. overlap|
|I-35 – Kansas City, Des Moines||East end of I-35 Bus. overlap|
|Caldwell||Route J – Altamont, Elmira|
US 36 Bus. south / Route P – Hamilton
US 36 Bus. west / Route 13 – Gallatin, Kingston
|Route B – Cowgill|
|Route M north / Route A – Breckenridge, Braymer|
- The Associated Press (2002-08-24). "A look at Missouri's named highways and bridges" (LexisNexis).
- The Hound Dog Trail: The Economy of Cameron - cameron-mo.com - Retrieved November 15, 2007
|U.S. Route 36|