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Re: Historic US 80 in Arizona
« Reply #50 on: December 06, 2018, 06:16:01 PM »

Thank you for your efforts on this.  Very interesting topic.   Will try and get some pictures of old bypassed sections in and around Benson next time am traveling to either Tucson or Phoenix with the geotechnical firm.  There are some sections of the former US 80 both east and west of Deming, NM.   When decommissioned, the sterile designations of NM 418 (W of Deming) and 549 (E of Deming) were slapped on them.   
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Re: Historic US 80 in Arizona
« Reply #51 on: December 09, 2018, 11:30:38 PM »

Thanks! And yes. Interestingly though, the limited info I have on NM 418 and NM 549 suggests the old route through Cambray and all of NM 418 were county maintained routes between 1954 and 1988. During the 1988 Renumbering, NMDOT likely reinstated the old route that year west out of Deming as a State Highway, establishing it as NM 418. There are no references to NM 418 prior to at least 1988. I think it's possible that until the 1988 Renumbering, 549 was either signed a different NM number or was signed as US 70/US 80/US 180. Either way, the NM 549 designation was established in 1988. NM 549 was apparently expanded over the old Cambray route in the early 1990s with the state once again reclaiming a highway they abandoned to Luna County. I wish I had better sources. Either way, NMDOT doesn't seem to remember the dates of establishment for mamy of its routes or has the info buried deep in their archives where it hasn't been accessed yet. All documentation and sources they've made available online doesn't show a definitive date for tge establishment of most state roads. Though there's a goldmine of info regarding the territory/state highway system dates abd designations from 1909 to the 1927 Renumbering.

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Re: Historic US 80 in Arizona
« Reply #53 on: December 10, 2018, 02:47:19 PM »

1965 topo with NM 418: https://ngmdb.usgs.gov/ht-bin/tv_download.pl?id=5378468&tif=true
1972 topo with NM 549: https://ngmdb.usgs.gov/ht-bin/tv_download.pl?id=5378656&tif=true

Browser: http://historicalmaps.arcgis.com/usgs/
Thanks for the correction. No other maps I've seen have ever shown them existing prior to 1988.

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