Arizona State Route 77
|Maintained by ADOT|
|Length:||253.93 mi (408.66 km)|
|Existed:||1941 – present|
|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 end:||BIA Route 6 at Navajo Indian Reservation boundary|
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.
At its southern terminus, north of Tucson, the road is known as Oracle Road until the final mile and a half when the road turns westward directly toward Interstate 10 and is called Miracle Mile Road, named such in 1962.
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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 84A.
Origin of the name of Tucson's Miracle Mile
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.
This section contains a table that is missing mileposts for one or more junctions.
|Pima||Tucson||0.00||0.00||I-10 – Phoenix, El Paso||Exit 255 on I-10|
|Oro Valley||Tangerine Road (SR 989)||SR 989 unsigned; serves Oro Valley Hospital|
|Pinal||Oracle Junction||22.91||36.87||SR 79 north (Pinal Pioneer Parkway) – Florence, Phoenix|
|||Veterans Memorial Boulevard – San Manuel||Interchange; serves San Manuel Airport|
|Gila||Winkelman||65.71||105.75||SR 177 north (2nd Street) – Superior|
|Globe||98.52||158.55||US 70 east – Safford||South end of US 70 overlap|
|100.57||161.85||US 70 end / US 60 west (Ash Street west) – Globe, Phoenix||South end of US 60 overlap; north end of US 70 overlap|
|Navajo||||SR 73 east|
|Show Low||SR 260 west (Clark Road) – Heber||South end of SR 260 overlap|
|SR 260 east (White Mountain Road) – Pinetop-Lakeside||North end of SR 260 overlap|
|172.20||277.13||US 60 east (Deuce of Clubs east) – Springerville||North end of US 60 overlap|
|Snowflake||191.06||307.48||SR 277 west (3rd Street North) – Heber|
|Holbrook||216.12||347.81||SR 377 south (Heber Road) – Heber|
|217.74||350.42||US 180 east – St. Johns||South end of US 180 overlap|
|218.47||351.59||I-40 BL / US 180 west (Hopi Drive) to I-40 – Flagstaff||North end of US 180 overlap; south end of I-40 BL overlap|
|I-40 BL east (Navajo Boulevard) / I-40 west – Flagstaff||North end of I-40 BL overlap; south end of I-40 overlap; exit 286 on I-40|
|289||I-40 BL west (Navajo Boulevard)||Exit number follows I-40|
|||224.86||361.88||I-40 east – Albuquerque||North end of I-40 overlap; exit 292 on I-40|
|||238.79||384.30||BIA Route 6 north||Continuation beyond northern terminus at Navajo Nation boundary|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
- SR 77 at Arizona Roads
- David Leighton,"Street Smarts: Miracle Mile's roots include fancy stores, the Mexican revolution," Arizona Daily Star, February 23, 2015
Route map: Google