Texas State Highway 359

SH 359 was designated in 1954. In 1954, US 59 was rerouted between Beeville and Laredo on former SH 202 through George West, then on a new alignment via Freer to Laredo. The old alignment became SH 359. SH 359 remains primarily a two lane road between Alice and Skidmore.


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North of Alice, SH 359 meets FM 3376. Just north of Alice, SH 359 meets FM 3376. FM 3376 connects US 281 and SH 359 north of Alice. Photo taken October 7, 2005.
This is a typical view of the farmlands between Alice and Orange Grove along SH 359. Photo taken October 7, 2005.
FM 1539, which travels east to FM 2044, begins here at SH 359. Photo taken October 7, 2005.
Orange Grove NALF lies along SH 359, south of Orange Grove. This is an example of a Texas adopt-a-highway sign. Photo taken October 7, 2005.
Entering Orange Grove, this sign shows restrictions on trucks in town. Most of the town streets are narrow and cannot handle trucks effectively. Photo taken October 7, 2005.
SH 359 was realigned east of the original alignment in Orange Grove, which travels through the small central business district of Orange Grove. This is the imtersection of FM 624, which travels east to Corpus Christi and west to SH 97 near Cotulla. Photo taken October 7, 2005.
FM 534 begins at FM 796 near Swinney Switch and IH 37, traveling southwest via Dinero and Lagarto, ending at SH 359 here. Photo taken October 7, 2005.
This is a typical road view north of Orange Grove, between Orange Grove and Sandia. Photo taken October 7, 2005.
FM 70 travels southward from this point to Agua Dulce, paralleling the Jim Wells county line, then continues west to SH 286 at the Chapman Ranch. Photo taken October 7, 2005.
FM 1540 begins here at SH 359, on the north side of Sandia, and travels south and east to FM 70.Photo taken October 7, 2005.
Use this road, south of the Nueces River, to reach Camp Shawondasee. Photo taken October 7, 2005.
Crossing the Nueces River just south of Wesley Seale Dam, SH 359 enters San Patricio County. Photo taken October 7, 2005.
The next turnoff is Park Road 25 to Lake Corpus Christi state park, on the shores of Lake Corpus Christi. Photo taken October 7, 2005.
Turn left for Park Road 25 here. Photo taken October 7, 2005.
Early railroad underpasses in South Texas are known for their low clearance. Photo taken October 7, 2005.
This is a classic example of a railroad underpass. Underpasses of this style are built on major highways, so this probably dates back to when SH 359 was US 59. Photo taken October 7, 2005.
Spur 459 is an old section of SH 9 bypassed by IH 37, and completes a loop along with FM 3024 between IH 37 and Mathis. Photo taken October 7, 2005.
Advance signage for Business 359-B in Mathis. Photo taken October 7, 2005.
Business 359-B was created in 1947 with the present alignment of SH 359 (former US 59/SH 9) around Mathis, and signed in 1990. Photo taken October 7, 2005.
FM 3024 begins at FM 534, and is an old section of former SH 9 bypassed by IH 37. Photo taken October 7, 2005.

Page Updated December 18, 2005.

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