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State Route 373
Death Valley Junction Road
Length: 16.304 mi[1] (26.239 km)
Formed: 1976
South end: SR 127 at the California state line
North end: US 95 at Amargosa Valley Junction
Nevada highways
< SR 372 SR 374 >

State Route 373 (SR 373) is a 16.304-mile (26.239 km) state highway in Nye County, Nevada, USA. It is a highway connecting California State Route 127 to U.S. Route 95, providing southern Nye County access to the eastern areas of Death Valley National Park.

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Route description

State Route 373 begins at the California state line, approximately 8 miles (13 km) north of the town of Death Valley Junction, California on California SR 127. The highway heads almost due north from this location, passing through the Amargosa Valley. On the west side of the highway, the farm lands and homes of the community of Amargosa Valley come into view. The route continues north from here to its terminus at US 95, near the former site of Lathrop Wells.[2]

History

SR 373 was assigned to State Route 29 before 1976.

An unimproved road through Amargosa Valley, connecting Nevada to Death Valley Junction, appears on state maps as early as 1927. This route crossed the state line roughly where the current highway crosses now, but instead veered northwest to State Route 5 (now US 95) southwest of Beatty near the now defunct town of Caracca.[3] The road, which paralleled the tracks of the Tonopah and Tidewater Railroad to the west, was recognized as State Route 29 by 1932.[4] By 1935, SR 29 had been moved to a new, paved roadway resembling the alignment of the present-day highway.[5]

SR 29 remained unchanged for several years, until July 1, 1976. At that time, it was rechristened as State Route 373 as part of the 1976 renumbering of Nevada's state highways.[6] State highway maps first reflected this change in 1978.[7]

Major intersections

The entire route lies within Nye County.

Location Mile[8] Roads Intersected Notes
0.00 SR 127Death Valley Junction California state line
Amargosa Valley 16.30 US 95Beatty, Las Vegas

References

  1. ^ "Nevada State Maintained Highways: Descriptions, Index and Maps". Nevada Department of Transportation. January 2008. http://www.nevadadot.com/reports_pubs/State_Maintained/. Retrieved 2009-01-14.  
  2. ^ Nevada Department of Transportation. Official Highway Map of Nevada [map], 2007–08 edition. (2007) Section F4.
  3. ^ Nevada Department of Highways. Highway Map of the State of Nevada [map], 1" = 25 mi. (1927) Retrieved on 2009-01-14.
  4. ^ Nevada Department of Highways. State of Nevada Department of Highways Road Map [map], 1" = 20 mi. (1932) Retrieved on 2009-01-14.
  5. ^ Nevada State Highway Department. Official Road Map of Nevada [map]. (1935) Retrieved on 2009-01-14.
  6. ^ Nevada State Maintained Highways: Descriptions, Index and Maps. Nevada Department of Transportation. January 2001. p. 112.  
  7. ^ Nevada State Highway Department. Official Highway Map of Nevada [map], 1978-79 edition. (1978) Section F4. Retrieved on 2009-01-14.
  8. ^ "Maps of Milepost Location on Nevada's Federal and State Highway System by County". Nevada Department of Transportation. May 2008. http://www.nevadadot.com/traveler/maps/StateMaps/pdfs/MilepostBook2008.pdf. Retrieved 2009-01-14.  
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