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usends:
The 1926 route log had US 370 ending in Claude: http://us-highways.com/1927us.htm
There wouldn't have been any reason for it to end there, unless US 66 went through Claude.

Partially backing up this idea are a couple maps from 1928, one of which is shown on this page: http://usends.com/70-79/370/370.html
Here's another one: https://www.flickr.com/photos/usends/16239295275/in/set-72157624737854948/
These show US 66 angling SW from Conway, joining US 370 (today's US 287) west of Claude, near Washburn.  That curving route from Conway to Washburn is dubious, but it's possible the actual route stair-stepped between those two towns.

A TXDOT map from 1930 indicates that by then US 66/SR 75 had been changed to go due west from Conway to Amarillo, using the well-known historic alignment: 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/usends/16051768188/in/set-72157624737854948/
But I note that map classifies roads in the area as "Graded Earth" and/or "Impassible when wet", so to me it doesn't seem like much of a stretch that in the late '20s the Conway-Amarillo direct segment might not have been suitable for travel, and therefore original US 66 traffic might have been directed Conway-Claude-Amarillo and/or Conway-Washburn-Amarillo.

Anyone have further insights?

Mapmikey:
1927 Clasons Atlas shows US 370 ending at US 66 in Goodnight, 12 miles east of Claude.

It shows US 66 going McLean - Jericho - Goodnight - Claude - Amarillo

1930 Clasons Atlas shows US 370 ending at US 66 in Claude.

It shows US 66 going McLean - Jericho - Conway - Claude - Amarillo

Mapmikey

usends:
Mike, thanks for the info.  Are these maps online, or in your personal collection? 

Also, is it possible the 1927 map shows Jericho - Clarendon - Claude (rather than Goodnight)?  I'm having a hard time visualizing the route from Jericho to Claude without going through Clarendon (unless it was via some no-longer-extant crossing of the Salt Fork).

NE2:
1923 (?) Blue Book:

0.0 AMARILLO, 4th & Polk Sts., at banks. East on 4th St. 4 blks.
0.2 Buchanan St., left. Cross RRs 0.5.
1.1 Right-hand road; right.
5.0 Fork beyond RR; right from pavement onto dirt road.
15.0 Right-hand road at ranch; right. Cross RR 15.6.
16.0 Left-hand road; left.
21.1 End of road; left then right along RR.
27.0 Conway. Left across RR then right along same.
42.1 End of road; right.
42.5 Left-hand road; left.
43.0 Groom, 4-cor. at bank. Right 1 blk. then left along RR.
45.7 4-cor.; right. Cross RR 45.8.
49.2 End of road; right.
54.9 Turn left then right. Thru edge of Jericho 56.6.
56.9 Left-hand road; left. Ahead at 56.9 leads to Clarendon.
69.4 Allanreed, 4-cor. at lumberyard. Right across RR at sta.
77.1 4-cor.; left.
78.2 4-cor. at farm; turn right.
78.6 Left-hand road at shed; left. Cross RR at sta. 78.9.
79.0 McLean at bank. Right.


89.1 McLean, at bank. Left. Cross RR at sta. 89.2.
89.5 End of road at shed; right.
89.9 4-cor. at farm; left.
91.0 4-cor.; right.
98.6 Allanreed. Cross RR at sta.
98.7 4-cor. at lumber yard; left.
99.3 Fork; left along RR.
111.2 End of road; right, then left. Left at 111.2 leads to Clarendon. Thru edge of Jericho 111.5.
113.2 End of road, left, then right.
118.9 Left-hand road; left.
122.4 4-cor. beyond RR; left.
125.0 Groom, at sta. Right 1 blk., then left at bank.
125.6 End of road; right.
126.0 Left-hand road; left.
141.4 Conway, at sta. Left across RR, then right along same.
147.0 End of road; left, then right.
152.1 End of road; right. Cross RR 152.5.
153.1 End of road at ranch; left.
167.0 End of road; left on Buchanan St. Cross RRs. at sta. 167.6.
167.9 4th St.; right 4 blks.
168.1 AMARILLO, 4th & Polk Sts. at banks.


This appears to leave Amarillo on eventual US 66 (Amarillo Boulevard). Then I think it turns right on CR C (I-40 exit 85) - the railroad at 15.6 fits - and left on CR 2, jogs left and right on CR H, and follows FM 2161 through Conway. It may have jogged left and right at FM 294 or CR AA, ending up on CR 2 into Groom, then right on FM 295, left on 1st, then right and left one block on something.

And then http://www.flickr.com/photos/uconnlibrariesmagic/8020481339/ (1932) shows Washburn but not Claude. I wonder if the feds thought this would be a better way to build the system, but Texas refused.

Mapmikey:

--- Quote from: usends on January 09, 2015, 03:38:15 PM ---Mike, thanks for the info.  Are these maps online, or in your personal collection? 

Also, is it possible the 1927 map shows Jericho - Clarendon - Claude (rather than Goodnight)?  I'm having a hard time visualizing the route from Jericho to Claude without going through Clarendon (unless it was via some no-longer-extant crossing of the Salt Fork).

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From the personal collection:

1927


1930



Mapmikey

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