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MN-44.svg
Trunk Highway 44
Length: 43 mi (69 km)
Formed: 1920
West end: US 52.svg MN-139.svg U.S. 52 , MN 139 in Harmony [1]
Major
junctions:
US 52.svg U.S. 52 at Canton Township. near Prosper
MN-43.svg MN 43 at Mabel
MN-76.svg MN 76 at Caledonia
East end: MN-16.svg MN 16 in Hokah, near La Crescent
Minnesota State Highways
< MN 43 MN 45 >

Minnesota State Highway 44 is a highway in southeast Minnesota, which runs from its intersection with U.S. 52 and State Highway 139 in Harmony and continues east to its eastern terminus at its intersection with State Highway 16 in Hokah, near La Crescent.

Highway 44 is 43 miles (69 km) in length.

Route description

State Highway 44 serves as an east–west arterial route between Harmony, Canton, Mabel, Spring Grove, Caledonia, Hokah, and La Crescent in southeast Minnesota.

The route passes through Fillmore and Houston counties.

Highway 44 runs concurrent with State Highway 76 for three miles at Caledonia. Highway 44 also runs together with U.S. Highway 52 for eight miles between Harmony and Canton Township near Prosper.

The section of Highway 44 between Caledonia and Hokah passes through the Richard J. Dorer State Forest.

Beaver Creek Valley State Park is located near the junction of Highways 44 and 76 at the north edge of Caledonia. The park entrance is located four miles west on County Road 1 via Highway 76.
Minnesota DNR website for Beaver Creek Valley State Park - Link

History

State Highway 44 was authorized in 1920. The route was paved in its entirety by 1940.

The route was originally designated as an auto trail named the Southern Minnesota Air Line in a 1919 application. The Southern Minnesota Air Line continued west from Preston to the South Dakota state line on a route that later followed old U.S. Highway 16.[2]

At one time, State Highway 44 had continued farther west, extending over what is now County Highway 44 in Fillmore County. The section of present day County Highway 44 between Harmony and U.S. Highway 63 (south of Spring Valley) was originally designated State Highway 44 as well between 1972 and 1995.

References

*Steve Riner Details of Routes 26 to 50. Unofficial Minnesota Highways Page. Accessed January 21, 2008.

  1. ^ Fillmore County General Highway Map Mn/DOT. Accessed November 15, 2009. The current western terminus of State Highway 44 is at Harmony - as of 2009.
  2. ^ "Southern Minnesota Air Line". October 20, 1919. http://www.dot.state.mn.us/library/southern_mn_air_line.jpg. Retrieved November 12, 2008.  
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