U.S. 70

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U.S. 70 is a primary east-west corridor through Arizona. The first incarnation of U.S. 70 traveled along the route of today's US 180, from Holbrook to St. Johns to New Mexico.

In 1932, that route was renumbered to US 260. In 1935, the second incarnation of U.S. 70 was established. This incarnation started in Blythe, co-signed with U.S. 60, then followed U.S. 60 to Globe, where it split off on it's own alignment. From Globe, the road traveled southeast to Coolidge Dam, then southeast to Safford and east to Duncan, thence to New Mexico.

In 1957, the road was realigned away from Coolidge Dam. In time, the alignment was straightened between the dam and Safford. In 1969, the road was truncated at Globe.

U.S. 70 east
Advance signage for U.S. Highway 191, 500 feet. Photo taken 11/11/07.
U.S. Highway 191 travels south to Interstate 10 near Bowie, or continues east along U.S. 70 to head towards Clifton and Morenci. Photo taken 11/11/07.
U.S. 70 East U.S. 191 North
U.S. 70/191 (5th Street) gradually turn south through the east end of the Safford business district. Photo taken 11/11/07.
Bee ling east from the railroad siding of Lone Star, U.S. 70/191 (Old West Highway) reach the community of Solomon. Solomon was the railroad station for Solomonville, shortened to save time on the Teletype. Photo taken 11/11/07.
San Jose Road angles northeast along old US 70 toward Arizona State Prison - Safford. Photo taken 11/11/07.
U.S. 70 is the primary route along the signed overlap with U.S. 191, with mileposts based upon it. Photo taken 11/11/07.
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U.S. 191 branches northward from U.S. 70 to Tollgate Canyon across the Peloncillo Mountains en route to Clifton and Morenci. Photos taken 11/11/07.
U.S. 70 winds southeast from U.S. 191 across the Peloncillo Mountains to Lordsburg Mesa and Lordsburg, New Mexico. Photo taken 11/11/07.
U.S. 70 and U.S. 191 separate in a remote area near Judia Canyon. Photo taken 11/11/07.
U.S. 70 west
U.S. Highway 70 travels west through downtown Safford. Photo taken 11/11/07.
U.S. Highway 70 has been widened, and is the primary road through Safford. Photo taken 11/11/07.
U.S. Highway 70 leaves Safford and enters Thatcher here. Thatcher was established as a Mormon community in 1881, 1named after Apostle Moses Thatcher. Photo taken 11/11/07.
Jumping ahead to Globe, we find advance signage for the junction with U.S. 60. Photo taken 11/11/06.
Turn right on U.S. 60 and Arizona 77 to reach the Gila County Fairgrounds. Photo taken 11/11/06.
U.S. 70 ends its formerly transcontinental journey here at U.S. 60. Photo taken 11/11/06.
Continue west on U.S. 60 to reach Phoenix, or turn right on U.S. 60 and Arizona 77 to reach Show Low. Photo taken 11/11/06.

Photo Credits:

11/11/06, 11/11/07 by Kevin Trinkle

Connect with:
U.S. 60
U.S. 191
State Route 77

Page Updated 11-18-2007.