Minnesota State Highway 73

Minnesota State Highway 73 (MN 73) is a 119.697-mile-long (192.634 km) highway in northeast Minnesota, which runs from its interchange with Interstate Highway 35 in Moose Lake and continues north to its northern terminus at its intersection with U.S. Highway 53 in Field Township near Cook and Orr.

Trunk Highway 73 marker

Trunk Highway 73
MN 73 highlighted in red
Route information
Defined by MS § 161.115(94)
Maintained by MnDOT
Length119.697 mi[1] (192.634 km)
Existed1933–present
Major junctions
South endI-35.svg I-35 near Moose Lake
 MN-210.svg MN 210 at Cromwell
US 2.svg U.S. 2 at Floodwood
US 169 (MN).svg MN-37.svg U.S. 169, MN 37 at Hibbing
US 169 (MN).svg U.S. 169 at Chisholm
North endUS 53.svg U.S. 53 in Field Township
Location
CountiesCarlton, St. Louis
Highway system
  • Minnesota Trunk Highways
MN 72MN 74

Route descriptionEdit

Highway 73 serves as a north–south route in northeast Minnesota between Moose Lake, Kettle River, Cromwell, Floodwood, Hibbing, and Chisholm.

The roadway passes through the Sturgeon River State Forest and the Superior National Forest, both north of Chisholm, in Saint Louis County.

The route is legally defined as Legislative Route 163 in the Minnesota Statutes.[2] It is not marked with this number.

HistoryEdit

Highway 73 was authorized in 1933, and was originally numbered "Minnesota 63" until that U.S. route number was added elsewhere in Minnesota.[3]

The route was marked as "Minnesota 73" by 1935.[3]

In 1940, the route was mostly gravel south of Hibbing. The last segments paved in the mid-1950s were south of Hibbing.[3]

The Highway 73 designation was extended south through Moose Lake, partially along old U.S. 61, to Interstate 35 in the mid-1970s.[3]

Major intersectionsEdit

CountyLocationmi[1]kmDestinationsNotes
CarltonMoose Lake Township0.0000.000  I-35 – Duluth, Saint Paul, MinneapolisInterchange
Moose Lake1.1361.828  MN 289 east
1.4862.391  CR 61Old U.S. 61
2.2893.684  MN 27 east – DuluthEast end of MN 27 overlap
Silver Township7.00711.277  MN 27 westWest end of MN 27 overlap
Kettle River9.42315.165CR 12 (Locker Plant Road)
Silver Township10.87017.494  CR 6
Kalevala Township14.25222.936  CR 6
18.80830.269  CR 4
Cromwell25.22540.596  MN 210 – Duluth, Aitkin
St. LouisFine Lakes Township32.78952.769CR 86
35.03056.375CR 51
Floodwood Township42.87468.999  US 2 east – DuluthSouth end of US 2 overlap
Floodwood43.12069.395  US 2 west – Grand RapidsNorth end of US 2 overlap
43.48169.976  CR 8 (5th Avenue)
Van Buren Township44.98372.393CR 29
Cedar Valley Township54.66887.980CR 133 east
55.76489.743CR 133 west
63.506102.203CR 18
Hibbing70.494113.449  CR 16 west
76.584123.250  CR 16 east, CR 60 west
78.846126.890  US 169 south – Grand RapidsSouth end of US 169 overlap
  MN 37 east – Eveleth
  CR 5
Chisholm87.153140.259  US 169 north – VirginiaNorth end of US 169 overlap
Dark River101.606163.519CR 65
Sturgeon Township108.675174.895CR 22
Linden Grove114.637184.490  MN 1 – Cook, Effie
Field Township119.855192.888  US 53 – Virginia, International Falls
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

ReferencesEdit

Route map:

KML is from Wikidata
  1. ^ a b "Trunk Highway Log Point Listing - Construction District 1" (PDF). Minnesota Department of Transportation. August 20, 2010. Archived from the original (PDF) on December 4, 2008. Retrieved October 29, 2010.
  2. ^ "161.115, Additional Trunk Highways". Minnesota Statutes. Office of the Revisor of Statutes, State of Minnesota. 2010. Retrieved October 25, 2010.
  3. ^ a b c d Riner, Steve. "Details of routes 51–75". The Unofficial Minnesota Highways Page. Self-published. Retrieved October 29, 2010.[self-published source]