Arizona State Route 77

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State Route 77 marker

State Route 77
SR 77 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by ADOT
Length253.93 mi[3] (408.66 km)
Existed1931–present
HistoryPart of the route is a former section of US 80 and US 89
Tourist
routes
Arizona Scenic Road Marker.svg Copper Corridor Scenic Road[1]
Historic US 80[2]
Major junctions
South end I-10 in Tucson
  US 70 in Globe
US 60 from Globe to Show Low
US 180 in Holbrook
I-40 in Holbrook
North endBIA Route 6 at Navajo Nation boundary
Highway system
  • Arizona State Highway System
SR 76SR 78

State Route 77 (or SR 77) is a state highway in Arizona that traverses much of the state's length, stretching from its northern terminus at the boundary of the Navajo Nation north of Holbrook to its junction with I-10 in Tucson.

Route description[edit]

At its southern terminus, north of Tucson, the road is known as Oracle Road[4] until the final mile and a half when the road turns westward directly toward Interstate 10 and is called Miracle Mile Road,[4] named such in 1962.[5]

SR 77 traveling through Salt River Canyon

Past the Navajo Nation boundary, SR 77 becomes BIA Route 6 northbound towards Keams Canyon. Between Show Low and Globe, this highway is concurrent with U.S. Route 60. Its southernmost reaches were formerly part of U.S. Route 80 and U.S. Route 89, except for its terminal segment, the Miracle Mile segment of old Business 10 and State Route 84.

Origin of the name of Tucson's Miracle Mile[edit]

Between Miracle Mile and SR 79, SR 77 is part of Historic U.S. Route 80.

Although it was thought for several years that Tucson's Miracle Mile derived its name from a June 1937 Arizona Highways magazine, historian David Leighton challenged this theory, in a February 23, 2015, article in the Arizona Daily Star newspaper. He explained that in 1936, real estate developer Stanley Williamson conceived the idea of creating a commercial center outside of the over-congested downtown retail district, in Tucson. His model for this business center was the Miracle Mile in Los Angeles, Calif. The one in L.A., was the idea of real estate agent A.W. Ross, who saw that the retail district in that city was overcrowded and, also saw that cars were becoming more common. He came up with the idea of buying farming land, along Wilshire Blvd., several miles out from downtown, with the belief that as more people bought automobiles they would be willing to drive farther, in order to avoid the lack of parking and congestion in the downtown area. While initially no one thought his idea would work, in time store after store came to his business center. The Miracle Mile eventually became one of Los Angeles' premier shopping districts. Ross originally called his business area, the Wilshire Boulevard Center, it was changed to the Miracle Mile in 1928.

History[edit]

SR 77 was designated in 1931 from McNary to Holbrook. In 1938, it was extended to Oracle Junction, and the old route to McNary was cancelled. In 1992, it extended south to its current terminus at I-10 in Tucson, replacing a portion of US 89, which was removed from southern Arizona. The section from Oracle Junction to Tucson was once part of US 80 from 1926 until 1977, when the U.S. Highway was truncated to I-10 in Benson.[6]

Junction list[edit]

CountyLocationmi[3]kmExitDestinations[7][2][1][8]Notes
PimaTucson68.05109.52 I-10 – Phoenix, El PasoSouthern terminus; I-10 exit 255
69.05111.13 Historic US 80 east (Oracle Road)Southern end of Historic US 80 concurrency; former US 80 east / US 89 / SR 93 / SR 789 south
Oro Valley79.12127.33 Tangerine Road / SR 989 westServes Oro Valley Hospital
PinalOracle Junction91.14146.68 SR 79 north / Historic US 80 west (Pinal Pioneer Parkway) – Florence, PhoenixSouthern terminus of SR 79; former US 80 west / US 89 / SR 789 north
109.14175.64 Veterans Memorial Boulevard – San ManuelInterchange; serves San Manuel Airport; former SR 76
GilaWinkelman134.80216.94 SR 177 north (2nd Street) – SuperiorSouthern terminus of SR 177
Globe170.92
254.10
275.07
408.93
US 70 east – SaffordSouthern end of US 70 concurrency; mile markers change to reflect US 70.
252.14
252.06
405.78
405.65
US 70 end / US 60 west (Ash Street west) – Globe, PhoenixSouthern end of US 60 concurrency; northern end of US 70 concurrency; mileposts change to reflect US 60.
Navajo318.15512.01 SR 73 eastWestern terminus of SR 73
Show Low339.73546.74 SR 260 west (Clark Road) – HeberSouthern end of SR 260 concurrency
341.69549.90 SR 260 east (White Mountain Road) – Pinetop-LakesideNorthern end of SR 260 concurrency
342.01
342.20
550.41
550.72
US 60 east (Deuce of Clubs east) – SpringervilleNorthern end of US 60 concurrency; mileposts change to reflect SR 77.
Snowflake361.05581.05 SR 277 west (3rd Street North) – HeberEastern terminus of SR 277
Holbrook386.20621.53 SR 377 south (Heber Road) – HeberNorthern terminus of SR 377
387.49623.60 US 180 east – St. JohnsSouthern end of US 180 concurrency
388.54
286.69
625.29
461.38
I-40 BL / US 180 / Historic US 66 west (Hopi Drive) to I-40 – FlagstaffNorthern end of US 180 overlap; southern end of I-40 BL/Historic US 66 concurrency; former US 66 west; mileposts change to reflect I-40 BL.
287.36
286.91
462.46
461.74
I-40 BL / Historic US 66 east (Navajo Boulevard) / I-40 west – FlagstaffNorthern end of I-40 BL/Historic US 66 concurrency; southern end of I-40 concurrency; I-40 exit 286; former US 66 east; mileposts change to reflect I-40.
289.46465.84289 I-40 BL / Historic US 66 west (Navajo Boulevard)Exit number follows I-40; former US 66 west.
292.83
395.07
471.26
635.80
292 I-40 east – AlbuquerqueNorthern end of I-40 concurrency; I-40 exit 292; mileposts change to reflect SR 77.
408.93658.11 BIA Route 6 northContinuation beyond northern terminus at Navajo Nation boundary
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

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External links[edit]

References[edit]

Route map:

KML is from Wikidata
  1. ^ a b Arizona Department of Transportation (2014). "Arizona Parkways, Historic and Scenic Roads" (PDF). Phoenix: Arizona Department of Transportation. Retrieved September 11, 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Historic Arizona U.S. Route 80 Designation". Webpage. Tucson Historic Preservation Foundation. August 2017. Retrieved 30 September 2018.
  3. ^ a b Arizona Department of Transportation. "2008 ADOT Highway Log" (PDF). Retrieved April 9, 2008.[dead link]
  4. ^ a b Tucson @ AARoads.com
  5. ^ Devine, Dave (October 9–15, 1997). "Motel Memories". Tucson Weekly. Tucson.
  6. ^ Weingroff, Richard F. (October 17, 2013). "U.S. Route 80: The Dixie Overland Highway". Highway History. Federal Highway Administration. Retrieved April 1, 2015.
  7. ^ Arizona State Transportation Board Meeting Agenda (PDF) (Report). Show Low, Arizona: Arizona State Transportation Board. July 20, 2018. pp. 310 to 339.
  8. ^ Shell Oil Company; H.M. Gousha Company (1956). Shell Highway Map of Arizona (Map). 1:1,330,560. Chicago: Shell Oil Company. Retrieved March 31, 2015 – via David Rumsey Map Collection.