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Near Russellville in Logan County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

Origin of Federal Highway U.S. 79

 
 
Origin of Federal Highway U.S. 79 Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Darren Jefferson Clay, August 21, 2021
1. Origin of Federal Highway U.S. 79 Marker
Inscription.  U.S. 79 begins in Russellville and runs 865 miles to Austin, TX. It was approved in 1837 by the Kentucky legislature & was needed for commerce and trade between Kentucky, Tennessee, and later Texas. U.S. 79 played a key role in early development of Western Kentucky. It joined the Fed. Hwy system via the Hwy. Act of 1935.
 
Erected 2019 by Logan Industrial Development Authority, Kentucky Historical Society and Kentucky Department of Highways. (Marker Number 2600.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceRoads & Vehicles. In addition, it is included in the Kentucky Historical Society series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1837.
 
Location. 36° 50.49′ N, 86° 51.837′ W. Marker is near Russellville, Kentucky, in Logan County. Marker is at the intersection of Russellville Bypass (Route 100) and Bowling Green Road (Business U.S. 68), on the right when traveling south on Russellville Bypass. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1599 Bowling Green Rd, Russellville KY 42276, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within
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2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Tom Rhea Highway No. 100 (approx. 0.4 miles away); Cedar House (approx. 0.4 miles away); John Littlejohn Cemetery (approx. 1.1 miles away); Ken Barrett Field (approx. 1.1 miles away); Rhea Stadium (approx. 1.1 miles away); O'Bannon House (approx. 1.2 miles away); Governors' Corner (approx. 1.2 miles away); United Methodist Temple (approx. 1.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Russellville.
 
Origin of Federal Highway U.S. 79 Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Darren Jefferson Clay, August 21, 2021
2. Origin of Federal Highway U.S. 79 Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 24, 2021. It was originally submitted on August 23, 2021, by Darren Jefferson Clay of Duluth, Georgia. This page has been viewed 350 times since then and 100 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 23, 2021, by Darren Jefferson Clay of Duluth, Georgia. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.

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