U.S. Route 79

U.S. Route 79 (US 79) is a United States highway in the Southern United States. The route is officially considered and labeled as a north-south highway, but it is actually more of a diagonal northeast-southwest highway. The highway's northern/eastern terminus is in Russellville, Kentucky, at an intersection with U.S. Highway 68 and KY 80. Its southern/western terminus is in Round Rock, Texas, at an intersection with Interstate 35, ten miles (16 km) north of Austin.[1]

U.S. Route 79 marker

U.S. Route 79
Route information
Length855 mi[citation needed] (1,376 km)
Existed1935[citation needed]–present
Major junctions
South end I-35 in Round Rock, TX
  I-45 in Buffalo, TX

I-20 in Shreveport, LA
I-55 in West Memphis, AR
I-40 in Memphis, TN

I-24 in Clarksville, TN
North end US 68 in Russellville, KY
StatesTexas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky
Highway system

US 79, US 68, and Interstate 24/US 62 are the primary east–west access points for the Land Between the Lakes recreation area straddling the Kentucky/Tennessee border.

Route descriptionEdit


US 79 is the main street of Rockdale in Milam County, Texas.

US 79 begins at Interstate 35's Exit #253 north of Austin in Round Rock. The route travels eastward through Hutto and Taylor to Rockdale, where it intersects US 77. In Milano, US 79 turns to the northeast and begins a concurrency with US 190 until Hearne, Texas. The route continues through Franklin and Jewett before reaching Buffalo, where it intersects Interstate 45 at its Exit #178. US 79 has a brief duplex with US 84 that begins near Oakwood and continues through Palestine before separating; here US 79 also intersects US 287. The route continues to the northeast through Jacksonville, where it has a junction with US 69, and Henderson, where it crosses US 259. The highway then travels due east to Carthage, where it meets US 59 (Future I-369), before resuming a northeasterly direction and crossing into Louisiana near Panola. US 79 is also entwined with two tragedies of country music. Johnny Horton was killed by a drunk driver on the highway near Milano in 1960 and Jim Reeves, killed in a plane crash in 1964, is buried and memorialized on US 79 in his hometown of Carthage.


US 79 joins US 80 near Greenwood, and the two routes are cosigned through Shreveport. US 79/80 cross the Red River over the Texas Street Bridge and continue into Bossier City. The routes parallel Interstate 20 through the old Bossier City Entertainment District until Minden, where the two routes separate: US 80 continues eastward, while US 79 turns to the northeast toward Homer. In Homer, the route resumes a more northerly direction, traveling through Haynesville before crossing the Arkansas border about 7 miles (11 km) south of Emerson, Arkansas.


US 79 north of US 49 junction near Monroe. This segment is also an Arkansas Heritage Trail Trail of Tears route.

US 79 continues northward from Louisiana into Emerson and then Magnolia, where it has a brief concurrency with US 82 through the city. From here, the route turns to the northeast, through Camden, where it intersects US 278, and Fordyce, in which it has a brief concurrency with US 167. East of Kingsland, the highway travels in a more northerly direction as it prepares to enter the Pine Bluff metropolitan area. In Pine Bluff, U.S. 79 joins the Interstate 530 freeway, while a business route continues through downtown. After the freeway ends, US 79 and US 63, with which it is cosigned, leave the city toward the north. The two routes stay joined until Stuttgart. US 79 continues to the east and northeast, through Marianna and Hughes, before turning due north to an intersection with Interstate 40 near Jennette. US 79 joins I-40 and the two routes stay cosigned through the concurrency with Interstate 55 in West Memphis, before US 79 joins I-55 to cross the Mississippi River at the Memphis & Arkansas Bridge into Memphis.


Directional assembly for U.S. Highways 64, 70, and 79 in Memphis, Tennessee.

U.S. Route 79 enters Memphis with U.S. Route 70, U.S. Route 64 and Tennessee State Route 1, travelling east along E.H. Crump Boulevard, turns north on Third Street and travels through Downtown Memphis along both Second and Third Streets (3rd St is three lanes of northbound traffic and 2nd St is three lanes southbound). It continues east on Union Avenue, north along East Parkway, and east along Summer Avenue. At Stage Road in Bartlett, it continues along Summer Avenue with US 70 while US 64 turns east along Stage Rd.

From here, US 79 continues north from Bartlett, passing through the rest of Shelby County as a 4-lane undivided highway. In Arlington, Tennessee, the road narrows to 2 lanes and passes through Fayette County, Tipton County, and Haywood County until Brownsville, Tennessee. In Brownsville, U.S 79, along with U.S. 70 and SR 1, goes to the south along a bypass (named Dupree Avenue). On the east side of the city, U.S. 70 and SR 1 turn east while US 79 and 70A continue to the northeast, passing through Crockett and Gibson Counties. Recently, the section from Milan, Tennessee to the Carroll County line was widened to 4 lanes. U.S. 70A splits off from US 79 near Atwood, Tennessee and US 79 continues to the northeast into Henry County, passing through the city of Paris, Tennessee, and then crosses the Tennessee River. The portion from McKenzie, Tennessee to the Tennessee River is 4-lanes, and plans are in the works to widen the portion in between this section and the Milan section. The section from Brownsville to the Tennessee River is part of the "Austin Peay Memorial Highway" (the other portions being TN 14 from I-240 to TN 54, and the part of TN 54 from TN 14 to US 79).

US 79 (Guthrie Highway) north of Clarksville

Once US 79 comes into Stewart County, it passes to the south of the Land Between the Lakes recreation area and crosses the Cumberland River. The portion between the rivers is known as Donelson Parkway. Then it enters Montgomery County and the city of Clarksville, Tennessee. This portion between Dover, Tennessee and Clarksville is known as Dover Road. One through Clarksville, US 79 continues northeast and enters Kentucky.

Wilma Rudolph Boulevard is the name given to the portion of U.S. Route 79 in Clarksville, Tennessee between the Interstate 24 (exit 4) in Clarksville to the Red River (Lynnwood-Tarpley) bridge near the Kraft Street intersection. This section of Highway 79 in Clarksville was previously called the Guthrie Highway, for nearby Guthrie, Kentucky, but in 1994, the name was changed to honor Wilma Rudolph, an Olympic runner from Clarksville, who won three gold medals in the 1960 Rome Summer Olympic Games.[2]

Between Clarksville and Dover, Tennessee, the road is known as "Dover Road".


Former terminus of US 79 at Russellville

US 79 enters Kentucky from Tennessee in Todd County west of Guthrie and runs northeast into Logan County, terminating at a junction with US 431 in Russellville 21.319 miles (34.310 km) from the Tennessee state line. It currently does not touch KY 79, whose southern terminus is at Russellville. That highway extends northward to the Ohio River, into Indiana. It is unknown if KY 79 was meant to be a northern extension of US 79.


Until 1944, US 79's northern terminus was in West Memphis, Arkansas. Until 1991, US 79's southern terminus was in Austin, Texas.

Major intersectionsEdit

  I-35 in Round Rock
  US 77 in Rockdale
  US 190 in Milano. The highways travel concurrently to Hearne.
  I-45 in Buffalo
  US 84 northeast of Oakwood. The highways travel concurrently to Palestine.
  US 287 in Palestine
  US 69 in Jacksonville
  US 259 in Henderson. The highways travel concurrently through Henderson.
   Future I-369 / US 59 north of Carthage. The highways travel concurrently to Carthage.
  US 80 in Greenwood. The highways travel concurrently to Minden.
  I-20 in Greenwood
  US 171 in Shreveport
  I-20 in Shreveport
  US 71 in Shreveport
  I-220 in Bossier City
  US 371 in Dixie Inn
  US 82 in Magnolia. The highways travel concurrently through Magnolia.
  US 278 in Camden. The highways travel concurrently to west-northwest of East Camden.
  US 167 northeast of Thornton. The highways travel concurrently to Fordyce.
   I-530 / US 65 in Pine Bluff. The highways travel concurrently through Pine Bluff.
  US 63 in Pine Bluff. The highways travel concurrently to Stuttgart.
    I-530 / US 65 / US 425 in Pine Bluff
  US 165 north of Stuttgart
  US 49 northwest of Blackton
  US 70 south of Jennette
   I-40 / US 63 south of Jennette. The highways travel concurrently to West Memphis.
     I-55 / US 61 / US 63 / US 64 in West Memphis. I-55/US 61/US 79 travels concurrently to Memphis, Tennessee. US 64/US 79 travels concurrently to the Memphis–Bartlett, Tennessee city line.
  US 70 in West Memphis. The highways travel concurrently to Brownsville, Tennessee.
  US 51 in Memphis. The highways travel concurrently through Memphis.
   I-69 / I-240 in Memphis
   US 51 / US 72 in Memphis. US 72/US 79 travels concurrently through Memphis.
  I-40 in Memphis
  I-269 in Arlington
  US 412 in Bells
  US 45W in Humboldt
  US 45E in Milan
  US 641 in Paris
  I-24 in Clarksville
  US 41 in Guthrie
  US 431 in Russellville
  US 68 in Russellville

See alsoEdit

Special and suffixed routesEdit


  1. ^ "End of US highway 79". USEnds.com. Retrieved 9 October 2014.
  2. ^ "Leaders of Afro-American Nashville" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 14 July 2010. Retrieved 29 January 2013.

External linksEdit

Browse numbered routes
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  LA 78LAUS 80  
  AR 78ARAR 80  
  SR 78TNSR 79  
  KY 78listKY 79