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State Highway 42 is a state highway located in the northeastern portion of the Texas in Gregg and Rusk counties. This route was designated on December 12, 1962 over former SH 259 because of the creation of US 259 (which replaced cancelled SH 26) through Kilgore, which it intersected.

State Highway 42 marker

State Highway 42
Route information
Maintained by TxDOT
Length33.9 mi[1] (54.6 km)
Major junctions
South end US 79 / FM 1798 near Henderson
  US 259 in Kilgore
I-20 in Kilgore
North end US 80 at White Oak
CountiesRusk, Gregg
Highway system
SH 41SH 43
SH 258SH 259SH 260

Previous routesEdit

SH 42 was originally proposed on April 22, 1919 as a route from Greenville to Marshall.[2] On August 21, 1923, northwest terminus extended north to Sherman, replacing a section of SH 11.[3] The section of SH 42 from Alba to Marshall was cancelled. SH 42 was instead rerouted to end in Mineola. On January 21, 1924, the section from Alba to Mineola was cancelled. SH 42 was instead rerouted to end in Quitman.[4] On October 20, 1924, another section was created from Gilmer to Marshall, creating a gap.[5] On December 20, 1926, the gap was closed.[6] On May 9, 1927, SH 42 was truncated to Whitewright.[7] On March 19, 1930, the route was rerouted southeast back to Mineola, while the section from Gilmer to Marshall was renumbered SH 155, the section from Quitman to Gilmer was cancelled, but the section from Greenville to Whitewright was erroneously omitted from the state highway log, and the highway from Alba to Quitman was erroneously omitted from the state highway log, so had no number.[8] On November 30, 1932, the section from Whitewright to Greenville was added back to the state highway log, and the road from Alba to Quitman was added to the state highway log as SH 182.[9] On September 26, 1939, the entire remaining route was already part of U.S. Highway 69, so SH 42 was cancelled.

Counties and junctionsEdit

Rusk   US 79 / FM 1798 south – Jacksonville, Henderson
Price  FM 13
  SH 64 – Arp, Henderson
  SH 323 (Van Buren St) – New London, Overton, Henderson
New London  FM 1513 (Humble Rd)
  FM 850
   SH 135 west / FM 918 eastSouth end of SH 135 overlap
Laird Hill  FM 2012
Kilgore  SH 135 north (Industrial Blvd)North end of SH 135 overlap
  Bus. US 259 south (Henderson Blvd)
South end of US 259 Bus. overlap
Gregg  FM 1249 east (Dudley Rd)
  Bus. US 259 north
North end of US 259 Bus. overlap
  SH 31 – Tyler, Longview
  I-20 – Liberty City, Longview, DallasI-20 exit 587; interchange.
  FM 1252
  FM 2206 east (Harrison Rd)
White Oak  US 80 – Gladewater, Longview
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ Transportation Planning and Programming Division (n.d.). "State Highway No. 42". Highway Designation Files. Texas Department of Transportation. Retrieved 2010-11-01.
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