Texas State Highway 79

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State Highway 79 marker

State Highway 79
Route information
Maintained by TxDOT
Length 96.20 mi[1] (154.82 km)
Existed 1923 – present
Major junctions
South end US 183 / US 283 in Throckmorton

US 281 in Wichita Falls

US 82 / US 287 in Wichita Falls
North end SH-79 at Oklahoma state line
Highway system
SH 78 SH 80

State Highway 79 or SH 79 is a state highway in the U.S. state of Texas that runs 96 miles (154 km) from Throckmorton to the Oklahoma state line near Byers.


It was originally designated on August 21, 1923 from Wichita Falls to Olney, replacing a portion of SH 22.[2] On October 11, 1927, it extended southwest to Throckmorton.[3] On April 24, 1928, it extended northeast to the Oklahoma border,[4] On April 24, 1933, the section from Olney to Elbert was cancelled[5], but restored on December 18, 1933.[6] This section was completed by 1938. The route was previously proposed as the northern sections of SH 22 and SH 23. The intersection of Hwy 79 and Hwy 25, in Archer City, was the location for the filming of movie The Last Picture Show in 1971.

Route description[edit]

SH 79 begins at an intersection with US 183/US 283 in Throckmorton. The highway runs in an east-west direction until FM 926, east of Elbert. The highway turns northeast, running to Olney and Archer City. The highway enters Wichita Falls and almost immediately begins an overlap with US 281 on the Henry S. Grace Freeway. At the interchange with US 82/US 287, US 281 travels north to downtown while SH 79 travels to the east. Shortly after joining US 82/287, SH 79 leaves the highways and runs on the eastern edge of the city as the Waurika Freeway. SH 79 runs through Dean, Petrolia and Byers before entering Oklahoma as OK-79.

Junction list[edit]

County Location mi km Destinations Notes
Throckmorton Throckmorton US 183 / US 283 – Seymour, Breckenridge, Albany
FM 2356 north
FM 2459 north
Elbert FM 1711 south South end of FM 1711 overlap
FM 1711 north North end of FM 1711 overlap
Young FM 578 south
FM 926 east – Newcastle
FM 2898 north – Megargel
FM 3366 north – Olney Municipal Airport
Spur 132 north
Olney SH 251 south – Newcastle
FM 210 west – Megargel
SH 114 – Megargel, Loving
FM 1768 east – Markley
Archer Archer City SH 25 – Mankins, Windthorst
FM 2224 north
FM 1954 – Holliday
Lakeside City FM 2380 north (Kemp Boulevard)
Wichita Wichita Falls FM 369 west (Southwest Parkway) / Loop 473 (Old Jacksboro Highway) Interchange
US 281 south (Henry S. Grace Freeway) – Jacksboro South end of US 281 overlap/freeway
Hatton Road – Kickapoo Downtown Airport
Midwestern Parkway
US 82 west / US 281 north / US 287 north to I-44 – Seymour, Amarillo, Lawton North end of US 281 overlap; south end of US 82/287 overlap
Old Windthorst Road
US 82 east / US 287 south – Henrietta, Fort Worth North end of US 82/287 overlap
Hammon Road Southbound exit and northbound entrance

Bus. US 287 (Old Henrietta Highway)
Southbound exit via the Petrolia Road exit
Petrolia Road Southbound exit and northbound entrance; north end of freeway
Clay FM 3393 west (Old Petrolia Road) South end of FM 3393 overlap
Dean FM 3393 east (Tammen Road) North end of FM 3393 overlap
FM 2393 – Thornberry, Jolly
Petrolia SH 148 south / FM 810 north – Henrietta, Charlie
Byers FM 171 east South end of FM 171 overlap
FM 171 west – Charlie North end of FM 171 overlap
SH-79 – Waurika Crosses the Red River into Oklahoma
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi