Minnesota State Highway 169

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Trunk Highway 169 marker

Trunk Highway 169
Route information
Maintained by Mn/DOT
Length: 48.853 mi[2] (78.621 km)
Existed: April 22, 1933[1] – present
Major junctions
South end: US 53.svg U.S. 53 at Wuori Township,
north of Virginia
  County 21 square.svg CR 21 at Pike Township
MN-1.svg MN 1 at Vermilion Lake Township
MN-135.svg MN 135 at Tower
MN-1.svg MN 1 at Ely
North end: County 18 square.svg CR 18 at Fall Lake Township
Location
Counties: St. Louis, Lake
Highway system
  • Minnesota Trunk Highways
US 169 MN 171

Minnesota State Highway 169 (MN 169) is a highway in northeast Minnesota, which runs from its interchange with U.S. Highway 53 in Wuori Township (immediately north of the city of Virginia) and continues northeast to its northern terminus at the intersection of Lake County Road 18 and Power Dam Road in Fall Lake Township (6-miles east of Ely). State Highway 169 becomes Lake County Road 18 at this point.

State Highway 169 is numbered as an extension of U.S. Highway 169, using the same mileage that began at the Iowa state line.

The route runs concurrent with State Highway 1 for 26 miles (42 km) from Vermilion Lake Township (west of Tower) to Ely.

Minnesota State Highway 169 is 49 miles (79 km) in length.

Route description[edit]

Intersection of Highways 1 and 169 in Ely

State Highway 169 serves as a north–south route in northeast Minnesota between the cities of Virginia, Tower, Ely, and Winton.

The route passes through the Superior National Forest at two different points.

Soudan Underground Mine State Park is located near State Highway 169, two miles east of Tower.[3]

Bear Head Lake State Park is located 7 miles south of the junction of State Highway 169 and County Road 128 (in Eagles Nest Township, 9 miles east of Tower). The park entrance is located on County Road 128.[4]

State Highway 169 is one of three Minnesota state marked highways to carry the same number as an existing U.S. marked highway within the state, the others being Highways 61 and 65.

History[edit]

State Highway 169 was numbered as an extension of U.S. 169.

The route was authorized on April 22, 1933 from the city of Virginia to the junction with Highway 135 (formerly 35) in Tower, where the highway terminated until 1953.[5]

The six-mile (10 km) segment running from Ely to Fall Lake Township was authorized in 1949 and originally designated State Highway 221 until 1953, when State Highway 169 was extended over State Highway 1 to Ely.[5]

Highway 169 was paved by 1940. The segment east of Ely was paved by 1950.[5]

Major intersections[edit]

County Location mi[2] km Destinations Notes
St. Louis Wuori Township 368.026–
368.246
592.280–
592.634
US 53 – Virginia, Duluth, International Falls Interchange
Pike Township 374.388 602.519 CR 21
Vermilion Lake Township 381.269 613.593 CR 26
Peyla 385.366 620.186 MN 1 west – Cook West end of MN 1 overlap
385.461 620.339 CR 77 (Angus Road)
Tower 389.468 626.788 MN 135 south – Aurora
Eagles Nest Township 399.001 642.130 CR 128 (Bearhead Lake Road)
Burntside 408.384 657.230 CR 88
Ely 411.558 662.338 CR 21
412.690 664.160 MN 1 east – Silver Bay East end of MN 1 overlap
Morse Township 413.653 665.710 CR 88
Lake Fall Lake Township 415.987 669.466 CR 17
416.889 670.918 CR 18 (Power Dam Road)
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

Route map: Google

KML is from Wikidata
  1. ^ "Chapter 440-H.F. No. 2000", Session Laws of Minnesota for 1933, Mike Holm, Secretary of State, pp. 881–897 
  2. ^ a b "Trunk Highway Log Point Listing - Construction District 1" (PDF). Minnesota Department of Transportation. August 20, 2010. Retrieved November 21, 2010. 
  3. ^ Minnesota DNR website for Soudan Underground Mine State Park
  4. ^ Minnesota DNR website for Bear Head Lake State Park
  5. ^ a b c Riner, Steve. "Details of routes 152–218". The Unofficial Minnesota Highways Page. Self-published. Retrieved November 21, 2010. [self-published source]