Oklahoma State Highway 56

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State Highway 56 marker

State Highway 56
Seminole Nation Highway
Route information
Maintained by ODOT
Length: 86.7 mi[2] (139.5 km)
Existed: August 28, 1929[1] – present
Major junctions
South end: US 377.svgOklahoma State Highway 3E.svgOklahoma State Highway 39.svgOklahoma State Highway 99.svg US-377/SH-3E/SH-39/SH-99 east of Konawa
 
North end: US 75.svg US-75 in Okmulgee
Highway system
Oklahoma State Highway System
US-56 SH-58

State Highway 56 (abbreviated SH-56 or OK-56) is a state highway in the U.S. state of Oklahoma. The road serves Seminole County, Okfuskee County, and Okmulgee Counties in central and east-central Oklahoma. In Seminole County, it is also designated as the Seminole Nation Highway in honor of the contributions the Seminole Nation has made to the state of Oklahoma.[1]

SH-56 begins at an intersection with US-377 four miles (6 km) east of Konawa,[3] and extends to US-75 in Okmulgee. The highway's total length is 86.7 miles (139.5 km).[2]

SH-56 was first added to the state highway system in 1929. It was gradually extended to its present length between then and 1942.[1]

Route description[edit]

Northbound SH-56 as seen from the SH-9 junction

SH-56 begins at the junction of SH-39 and US-377/SH-3E/SH-99 four miles (6 km) east of Konawa. From here, the highway and heads east, curving through the hilly terrain of southeastern Seminole County.[4] The highway passes through the town of Sasakwa 10 miles (16 km) east of US-377.[3] At Sasakwa, the road turns north, crossing the Little River northeast of town and generally paralleling the Seminole–Hughes County county line. The highway then bisects the town of Wewoka, intersecting US-270 and concurring with its business loop. SH-56 also serves as the eastern terminus of SH-59 in Wewoka. North of the town, SH-56 intersects with SH-9. The highway continues north, intersecting SH-99A in Cromwell and interchanging with I-40 near the unincorporated community of |Schoolton. After crossing I-40, SH-56 makes a long arc to the east, bringing it into Okfuskee County.[3]

Just east of the county line, SH-56 bridges the North Canadian River. South of Castle, the road intersects with SH-48. SH-56 then proceeds east into Okemah, the county seat, where it has a short concurrency with both US-62 and SH-27. The highway continues east from town, then turns north, before turning back to the east to pass through the unincorporated settlement of Okfuskee. East of Okfuskee, the highway enters Okmulgee County.

In Okmulgee County, SH-56 skirts the northern edge of Okmulgee Lake and serves Dripping Springs State Park. East of the lake, it passes through Okmulgee Wildlife Refuge and Deep Fork National Wildlife Refuge.[4] It then enters the city of Okmulgee. There, SH-56 comes to an end at US-75.

History[edit]

State Highway 56 traces its origins to August 28, 1929, its original date of commissioning. At that time, the highway only consisted of the portion of the route extending from the SH-99 junction (then SH-48) east to Sasakwa, thence north to end at SH-3 south of Wewoka.[1][5] The highway underwent its first extension just under two years later, on June 15, 1931, when it was extended to end at US-62 in Okemah.[1][6] The highway was extended to Okmulgee on April 13, 1942, bringing it to its current extent.[1][7] Other than minor realignments, the highway has undergone no further changes since 1942.

Junction list[edit]

County Location mi[2] km Destinations Notes
Seminole 0.0 0.0 SH-39 west / US-377 / SH-3E / SH-99 Southern terminus; road continues west as SH-39
Wewoka 23.1 37.2
US-270 / US-270 Bus. begin
Eastern terminus of US-270 Bus., southern terminus of US-270 Bus. concurrency
24.2 38.9 SH-59 (14th Street) Eastern terminus of SH-59
25.1 40.4
US-270 Bus. west
Northern terminus of US-270 Bus. concurrency
30.5 49.1 SH-9
Cromwell 38.6 62.1 SH-99A
41.2 66.3 I‑40 – Oklahoma City, Ft. Smith I-40 exit 212
Okfuskee 47.2 76.0 SH-48
Okemah 51.8 83.4 US-62 east / SH-27 south (Woody Guthrie Street) Western terminus of US-62/SH-27 concurrency
52.1 83.8 US-62 west (Columbia Street) / SH-27 end Eastern terminus of US-62/SH-27 concurrency, northern terminus of SH-27
Okmulgee Okmulgee 86.7 139.5 US-75 (Wood Drive) Northern terminus; road continues east as 6th Street
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Loop route[edit]

Loop plate.svg
Oklahoma State Highway 56.svg

State Highway 56 Loop
Location: Okmulgee, Oklahoma
Existed: 1962–present
  • SH-56 Loop is a bypass route around the northeast quadrant of Okmulgee, running from US-75 south to US-62. Although it shares its number with SH-56, it does not intersect its parent route. The highway provides access to OSU-Okmulgee. SH-56 Loop is 3.7 miles (6.0 km) long.[8] It was established on May 7, 1962.[1]

Major intersections[edit]

Loop 56 at its intersection with US-75

The entire route is in Okmulgee, Okmulgee County.

mi[2] km Destinations Notes
0.00 0.00 US-62 (New Morris Highway) Southern terminus
3.7 6.0 US-75 (Wood Drive) Northern terminus; road continues west as Fairgrounds Road
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Oklahoma Department of Transportation. "Memorial Dedication and Revision History, SH 56". Oklahoma Department of Transportation. Retrieved 2010-05-01. 
  2. ^ a b c d Stuve, Eric. "OK-56". OKHighways.com. Retrieved 2010-04-30. [self-published source]
  3. ^ a b c Official State Map (PDF) (Map) (2009–10 ed.). Oklahoma Department of Transportation. Retrieved 2010-04-30. 
  4. ^ a b Oklahoma Atlas and Gazetteer (Map). 1:200,000. DeLorme. 2006. 
  5. ^ Map Showing Condition of Improvement of the State Highway System (PDF) (Map) (March 1, 1930 ed.). Oklahoma State Highway Department. Retrieved 2010-05-01. 
  6. ^ Map Showing Condition of Improvement of the State Highway System (PDF) (Map) (June 1932 ed.). Oklahoma Department of Highways. Retrieved 2010-05-01. 
  7. ^ Map Showing Condition of Improvement of the State Highway System (PDF) (Map) (June 1944 ed.). Oklahoma Department of Highways. Retrieved 2010-05-01. 
  8. ^ Oklahoma Department of Transportation (n.d.). Control Section Maps: Okmulgee County (PDF) (Map). Scale not given. Oklahoma City: Oklahoma Department of Transportation. Retrieved 2010-04-30. 

External links[edit]

Route map: Google

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