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Ranch to Market Road 337 or RM 337 is a Texas state road that runs from Camp Wood east to Medina. The route was designated in 1945 between Camp Wood and Leakey in Real County, but was gradually extended eastward over the years until in 1968 it stretched to RM 187 at Vanderpool in Bandera County. In 1976, an additional 9.7 miles (15.6 km) were added east from RM 187 to connect to SH 16 in Medina, bringing the road to its present form.[2]

Ranch to Market Road 337 marker

Ranch to Market Road 337
Route information
Maintained by TxDOT
Length56.1 mi[1] (90.3 km)
Existed1945–present
Major junctions
West end SH 55 in Camp Wood
  US 83
East end SH 16 in Medina
Location
CountiesReal, Bandera
Highway system
RM 336FM 338
Looking east on Ranch to Market Road 337 about 4 miles west of Leakey.

Passing through the canyonland of the Texas Hill Country northwest of San Antonio, RM 337 is known for its hairpin switchbacks[3] and natural environment; it has been called one of the most scenic drives in Texas.[4][5][6] Texas Monthly magazine named the road no. 18 on its list of "75 Things We Love About Texas" in its April 2006 issue.[7]

HistoryEdit

Ranch to Market Road 337 was first designated on June 11, 1945 as Farm to Market Road 337, traveling from Camp Wood to Leakey.[8] On October 1, 1956, FM 337 was redesignated as RM 337. On October 31, 1957, it was extended 6.5 miles (10.5 km) eastward, and on September 27 of 1960, the route was extended another 3 miles (4.8 km) eastward. On October 1, 1968, the highway was extended eastward 8 miles to an intersection with RM 187. On November 25, 1975, FM 1336 from SH 16 west 9.8 miles was added to the length of RM 337, adding 9.8 miles (15.8 km) to the route. In addition, 9.7 miles were added from RM 187 to the end of FM 1336.[1]

Junction listEdit

CountyLocationmi[9]kmDestinationsNotes
RealCamp Wood0.0000.000  SH 55Western Terminus
Leakey21.31434.302  US 83
BanderaVanderpool36.51758.768  RM 187North end of RM 187 concurrency
37.71660.698  RM 187South end of RM 187 concurrency
Medina56.10190.286  SH 16Eastern Terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Transportation Planning and Programming Division (n.d.). "Ranch to Market Road No. 337". Highway Designation Files. Texas Department of Transportation. Retrieved October 29, 2012.
  2. ^ Google (March 11, 2012). "Overview map of Ranch to Market Road 337" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved March 11, 2012.
  3. ^ Burka, Paul (April 1983). "Texas Primer: The Farm-to-Market Road". Texas Monthly. Retrieved 2011-08-06.
  4. ^ "Texas' Top Ten Roads". Retrieved 2008-08-26.
  5. ^ Hodge, Larry; Syers, Ed (2000). "Backroads of Texas" (4th ed.). Lanham, MD: Lone Star Books. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  6. ^ "A Sunday Drive in the Texas Hill Country". Retrieved 2008-08-26.
  7. ^ "75 Things We Love About Texas". Texas Monthly. 2006-04-01.
  8. ^ (PDF) https://publicdocs.txdot.gov/minord/MinuteOrderDocLib/003676380.pdf. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  9. ^ Statewide Planning Map (Map). Cartography by Transportation Planning and Programming Division. Texas Department of Transportation. 2012. Retrieved January 22, 2013.