U.S. Route 62 in Arkansas

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This article is about the section of U.S. Route 62 in Arkansas. For the entire length of the highway, see U.S. Route 62.

U.S. Highway 62 marker

U.S. Highway 62
Route information
Maintained by AHTD
Length: 329.9 mi (530.9 km)
Existed: 1930 – present
Major junctions
West end: US-62 at Oklahoma border near Summers
  I‑49 / US 71 in Fayetteville
US 412 in Springdale
I‑49 / US 71 in Bentonville
US 412 in Alpena
US 65 in Harrison
US 167 in Ash Flat
US 63 in Hardy
US 63 / US 412 in Imboden
US 67 from Pocahontas to Corning
US 49 in Piggott
East end: US 62 at Missouri border in St. Francis
Highway system
US 61 US 63

U.S. Route 62 is a U.S. highway running from El Paso, Texas northeast to Niagara Falls, New York. In the U.S. state of Arkansas, the route runs 329.9 miles from the Oklahoma border near Summers east to the Missouri border in St. Francis, serving the northern portion of the state. The route passes through several cities and towns, including Fayetteville, Springdale, Bentonville, Harrison, Mountain Home, Pocahontas, and Piggott. US 62 runs concurrent with several highways in Arkansas including Interstate 49 and U.S. Route 71 between Fayetteville and Bentonville, U.S. Route 412 through much of the state, U.S. Route 65 in the Harrison area, and with U.S. Route 63 and U.S. Route 67 in northeast Arkansas.

Route description[edit]

Northwest Arkansas[edit]

U.S. Route 62 enters Arkansas from Oklahoma and runs by the Bean Cemetery near Lincoln and the Borden House and Prairie Grove Battlefield Park in Prairie Grove.[1][2] The route then enters the Northwest Arkansas metro area, including the cities of Fayetteville, Rogers, and Bentonville. The route concurs with I-49/US 71 through these communities. In Benton County, the route passes Garfield Elementary School near the junction with Arkansas Highway 127 in Garfield before exiting Rogers.[3] The route continues east near the Pea Ridge National Military Park and the Missouri state line before entering Carroll County.[4]

US 62 in Carroll County west of Eureka Springs.

The Ozark Mountains[edit]

US 62 winds through the Ozarks, passing through sparsely populated scenic country and small towns. US 62 passes the Thorncrown Chapel, the Tall Pines Motor Inn, and the historic U.S. 62 White River Bridge near Eureka Springs. The route begins a concurrency with U.S. Route 412 in Alpena that continues west to Imboden. Also, US 62/US 412 meet U.S. Route 65 in Harrison. In Marion County, the route meets US 62S in Pyatt and the US 62 Bridge over Crooked Creek outside of town. During this stretch, US 62 crosses two of the nine Arkansas Scenic Byways, the Pig Trail and Scenic Highway 7. Continuing east, the route passes a former alignment of US 62 before entering Yellville. East of Yellville, the route enters Mountain Home in Baxter County and crosses over Norfolk Lake to enter rural Fulton County.

Bridge over Leatherwood Creek west of Eureka Springs.

After passing through Fulton County, US 62/US 412 enters Sharp County. In Ash Flat, US 62/US 412 serves as the northern terminus of U.S. Route 167. After passing around Cherokee Village, Arkansas, the route enters Hardy. In Hardy, US 62/US 412/US 63 Business passes four properties on the National Register of Historic Places in Arkansas: the Carrie Tucker House, the Sherman Bates House, the Fred Graham House, and Web Long House and Motel.[5] US 62/US 412 also meets U.S. Route 63, which is mostly a patchwork of concurrencies throughout the state. The routes continue together to Imboden, when US 63/US 412 break and continue south, where US 62/AR 115 continues over the St. Louis-San Francisco Overpass headed north into Randolph County and Crowley's Ridge.

Crowley's Ridge[edit]

In Randolph County, US 62 passes by cotton fields until Pocahontas, when the route meets US 67.[6] The route concurs with US 67 east until Corning in Clay County.[7] The route runs east to Piggott and enters Missouri near St. Francis.[7]

History[edit]

Spring Street in Eureka Springs was originally US 62 - City Route.

The route was originally a trail known as the Ozark Trail, which was the main series of routes in the area prior to the construction of U.S. Route 66. The Ozark Trails Association was responsible for maintaining and marking the routes, with William Hope Harvey in charge. Harvey wanted an auto trail from Oklahoma to his resort town Monte Ne, which he established after retiring from the railroad business.[8] He had grand visions of trails connecting Monte Ne with St. Louis, Kansas City, Wichita, Kansas, and Oklahoma City, and points west.[9] U.S. Route 62 from Gateway to Eureka Springs was also designated part of The Jefferson Highway, although the highway was not really marked and frequently shifted.[10] The highway was listed as a "Proposed Primary Federal Aid Road" on a state map in the first issue of "Arkansas Highways Magazine" (1924), but not numbered.[11]

The road brought lots of traffic through the hills of Arkansas, previously resistant to development. Eureka Springs was a popular stop on the route, with many motor inns and a vibrant downtown. Nearby Arkansas Highway 23 (The Pig Trail) further added tourists to the community.[12] Further east, cities of Mountain Home, Cotter, and Flippin grew significantly with US 62's traffic.[13] Rough terrain interspersed with large waterways caused the need for large bridges, including the Cotter Bridge (which replaced a ferry system) and the St. Louis-San Francisco Overpass.[14] A 1981 study indicated a need of 31 climbing lanes from Harrison to Hardy (approx. 110 miles (180 km)) necessary for safety purposes, indicative of the rough terrain.[14]

Major intersections[edit]

County Location Mile km Destinations Notes
OklahomaArkansas state line 0 0 US-62 west continues into Oklahoma
Washington Summers 2.5 4.0 Hwy. 59 Brief concurrency
Lincoln 10 16 Hwy. 45 south
Farmington 17 27 Hwy. 170 east
21 34 Hwy. 170 south (Hunter Street)
Fayetteville 23.9 38.5 I‑49 / US 71 south (Fulbright Expressway) – Fort Smith
24.1 38.8 I‑49 / US 71 north (Fulbright Expressway) – Rogers Runs north with Fulbright Expressway
25.9 41.7 Hwy. 16 west / Hwy. 112S – Siloam Springs I-49 exit #64
26.9 43.3 Porter Road I-49 exit #65
27.9 44.9 Hwy. 112 I-49 exit #66
28.9 46.5 To US 71B – Fayetteville Business District I-49 exit #67
Johnson 30.9 49.7 Johnson I-49 exit #69
Springdale 33.6 54.1 US 412 – Tontitown, Siloam Springs, Springdale I-49 exit #72
34.6 55.7 Elm Springs Road I-49 exit #73
Benton 37.3 60.0 Wagon Wheel Road I-49 exit #76
Lowell 36.6 58.9 Hwy. 264 – Lowell, Cave Springs, Rogers I-49 exit #78
Rogers 39.6 63.7 Pleasant Grove Road I-49 exit #81
40.6 65.3 Promenade Blvd I-49 exit #82
41.6 66.9 Hwy. 94 east (New Hope Road) / Pinnacle Hills Pkwy I-49 exit #83
Bentonville 43.6 70.2 US 71B / Hwy. 12 – Bentonville, Rogers I-49 exit #85
44.6 71.8 US 71 north / Hwy. 102 – Bentonville, Rogers I-49 exit #86, concurrency with I-49/US 71 ends, concurrency with AR 102 east begins
Rogers 51.0 82.1 Hwy. 94 / Hwy. 265 south Brief concurrency with AR 94
51.4 82.7 Hwy. 94 / Hwy. 265 north Concurrency with AR 94 ends
Pea Ridge 57.8 93.0 Hwy. 72 north
Garfield 62.8 101.1 Hwy. 127 south
Gateway 66.7 107.3 Hwy. 37 north
Carroll Busch 74.4 119.7 Hwy. 187 Brief concurrency
Eureka Springs 79.5 127.9 Hwy. 187 south
83.9 135.0 Hwy. 23 (Pig Trail)
Berryville 92.2 148.4 Hwy. 143 north / Hwy. 980 south to Carroll County Airport
95.0 152.9 US 62S east
96.1 154.7 Hwy. 221 south
96.4 155.1 Hwy. 21
Green Forest 103 166 Hwy. 103 south
103 166 Hwy. 103 1 mile (1.6 km) concurrency with AR 103
104.4 168.0 Hwy. 311 0.4 miles (0.64 km) concurrency with AR 311
Alpena 114 183 US 412 West end of US 412 overlap
Boone 116 187 Hwy. 392 south
Harrison 119 192 US 65 north, US 65 / US 412 south US 65 concurrency begins
122 196 Hwy. 980 south to Boone County Airport
124 200 Hwy. 43 east
124 200 US 65B south (Main Street) Northern terminus of US 65B
126 203 Hwy. 7 Brief concurrency with AR 7
128 206 US 65B north (Main Street) Southern terminus of US 65B
Bellefonte 131 211 Hwy. 206 south
132 212 US 65 south East end of US 65 concurrency
Marion Pyatt 143.9 231.6 Hwy. 125 south Concurrency begins
144.4 232.4 US 62S north
150.1 241.6 Hwy. 125 north Concurrency ends
Summit 153.0 246.2 Hwy. 202 east Western terminus of AR 202
Yellville 154.5 248.6 US 62B east (Main Street) Western terminus of US 62B
154.7 249.0 Hwy. 14 north AR 14 concurrency begins
154.7 249.0 US 62B west (Main Street), Hwy. 14 south Eastern terminus of US 62B, AR 14 concurrency ends
Flippin 159.9 257.3 Hwy. 178 north Southern terminus of AR 178
162.5 261.5 Hwy. 101 south Northern terminus of AR 101
Cotter 163.1 262.5 US 62B east Western terminus of US 62B
Baxter 165.9 267.0 US 62B west Eastern terminus of US 62B
Gassville 167.3 269.2 Hwy. 345 Concurrency begins
168.0 270.4 Hwy. 345 north Concurrency ends
168.3 270.9 Hwy. 126 Concurrency begins
Mountain Home 171.3 275.7 Hwy. 126 south Concurrency ends
173.6 279.4 US 62B north Southern terminus of US 62B
174.2 280.3 Hwy. 201
176.5 284.0 Hwy. 5
178.2 286.8 Hwy. 178
179.3 288.6 US 62B south Northern terminus of US 62B
183.6 295.5 Hwy. 101 north Southern terminus of AR 101
Fulton Viola 193.7 311.7 Hwy. 87
201.6 324.4 Hwy. 223
Salem 210.4 338.6 US 62B east Western terminus of US 62B
211.0 339.6 Hwy. 395 south Western terminus of US 62B
211.4 340.2 Hwy. 9
219.0 352.4 Hwy. 289 Concurrency begins
Ash Flat 226.2 364.0 Hwy. 289 north Concurrency ends
Sharp 228.6 367.9 US 167 south Northern terminus of US 167
Cherokee Village 232.3 373.9 Hwy. 175S north
237.4 382.1 Hwy. 175 Concurrency begins
238.2 383.3 Hwy. 342 east
Hardy 238.9 384.5 US 63B Concurrency begins
240.2 386.6 US 63 US 63 concurrency begins, US 63B terminates
245.3 394.8 Hwy. 175 north AR 175 concurrency ends
Ozark Acres 250.4 403.0 Hwy. 58 south Northern terminus of AR 58
252.4 406.2 Hwy. 58E south Northern terminus of AR 58E
Lawrence Ravenden 256.8 413.3 Hwy. 90
Imboden 260.9 419.9 Hwy. 115 Concurrency begins
261.5 420.8 US 63 / US 412 south US 63/US 412 concurrency ends, route continues north as US 62/AR 115
261.7 St. Louis-San Francisco Overpass over the Spring River
Randolph Pocahontas 272.1 437.9 Hwy. 166 south AR 166 northern terminus
274.1 441.1 US 67 / Hwy. 90 US 67 concurrency begins north
274.1 441.1 Hwy. 90 / Hwy. 115 north AR 90/AR 115 continue northwest, US 62/US 67 continue northeast
276.6 445.1 Hwy. 166 north AR 166 southern terminus
Biggers 285.2 459.0 US 67B north Southern terminus of US 67B
Reyno 289.2 465.4 Hwy. 328 west AR 328 concurrency begins
Clay Datto 291.6 469.3 US 67B west Eastern terminus of US 67B
293.7 472.7 Hwy. 211 north / Hwy. 328 east Southern terminus of AR 211
Corning 296.7 477.5 Hwy. 980 south to Corning Municipal Airport
300.3 483.3 US 67 north US 67 concurrency ends
304.3 489.7 Hwy. 135 south Northern terminus of AR 135
McDougal 309.0 497.3 Hwy. 141 south Northern terminus of AR 141
Pollard 316.2 508.9 Hwy. 139 AR 139 concurrency begins
Piggott 322.3 518.7 US 49 south / Hwy. 1 Northern terminus of US 49, AR 1 concurrency begins
324.0 521.4 Hwy. 139 south AR 139 concurrency ends
324.3 521.9 Hwy. 1 east AR 1 concurrency ends
Arkansas–Missouri state line 329.9 530.9 US 62 east continues into Missouri
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Area Attractions - City of Lincoln, AR." Website. Retrieved June 14, 2010.
  2. ^ "Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park." Area Profile. Retrieved June 14, 2010.
  3. ^ "Schools of Arkansas - Northwest Region." Schools profile. Arkansas Historic Preservation Program. Retrieved June 14, 2010.
  4. ^ "Pea Ridge National Military Park." National Park Service. Park Profile. Retrieved June 14, 2010.
  5. ^ "Sharp County, Arkansas." National Register of Historic Places, National Park Service. Listings. Retrieved June 14, 2010.
  6. ^ Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. AHTD Randolph County map Retrieved on June 17, 2010.
  7. ^ a b Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. AHTD Clay County map Retrieved on June 17, 2010.
  8. ^ "Lynn McWhorter Mabry Collection: William Hope "Coin" Harvey." University of Arkansas Libraries - Special Collections. ABOUT WILLIAM HOPE COIN Article. Retrieved December 7, 2010.
  9. ^ "Highway A-7, Tyronza Segment, Tyronza, Poinsett County." Arkansas Historic Preservation Program. Article. Retrieved December 7, 2010.
  10. ^ "Culture and history of Eureka Springs, Arkansas." Eureka Springs Historic Profile. Retrieved December 7, 2010.
  11. ^ Paul Gabriel, ed. (January 1924). "Before you, Citizens of the "Wonder State", are your "Arkansas Highways"" (PDF). Arkansas Highways (Little Rock, AR: Arkansas Highway Department) 1 (1): 11. Retrieved 2010-12-07. 
  12. ^ "Culture and history of Eureka Springs, Arkansas." In Eureka. Retrieved December 7, 2010.
  13. ^ Arkansas. (1981). "The Effects of ferry replacement and bypass construction on U.S. 62 in Baxter County. Little Rock, Ark." Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department.
  14. ^ a b Arkansas. (1981). A Corridor study U.S. 62 Harrison to Hardy. Little Rock, Ark: The ASHTD.


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