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Texas State Highway Loop 256

Loop 256 is a loop highway around Palestine, Texas. Loop 256 is a five-lane highway around the city. The southeast side of the loop, from its intersections with US 287/SH 19 S to US 79/84 W, is the only part that is heavily commercially developed.

State Highway Loop 256 marker

State Highway Loop 256
Route information
Length10.63 mi[1] (17.11 km)
Major junctions
CW end US 287 / SH 19 at Palestine
CCW end US 287 / SH 19 at Palestine
Highway system
Loop 255Loop 257

The road first appears on maps in 1964 as a six-mile (10 km) road on Palestine's east side, connecting U.S. Highway 287 with State Highway 155. During the 1970s, 1980s, and the early 1990s the loop was expanded to finally form a complete circle around the core of the city.


Loop 256 was designated on October 31, 1958 from SH 155 northeast of Palestine southward to US 287. On September 27, 1960, Loop 256 extended northwest to US 79. On July 31, 1969, Loop 256 extended back to SH 155, making it a full loop.


  1. ^ Transportation Planning and Programming Division (n.d.). "State Highway Loop No. 256". Highway Designation Files. Texas Department of Transportation. Retrieved June 18, 2010.