U.S. Highway 287 - Hardeman County

U.S. Highway 287 north
Chillicothe is the first town encountered in Hardeman County, and is the most notorious speed trap in the entire state. In addition to its police force, the town regularly puts out fake police cars with mannequins in them. Photo taken 05/24/08.
Chillicothe's grain elevators are the tallest buildings in town. When fire destroyed the town in 1890, residents rebuilt it on the other side of the railroad. Photo taken 05/24/08.
The first traffic light encountered since Fort Worth is found here in Chillicothe at the main street, FM 91. Photo taken 05/24/08.
A US 287 reassurance marker on the west side of Chillicothe. Photo taken 05/24/08.
After Chillicothe, the land opens up again with wheat fields and a 70 mph speed limit. Photo taken 05/24/08.
Quanah, the county seat, sits about 9 miles west of Chillicothe. Photo taken 05/24/08.
FM 2568 marks the beginning of Quanah. The FM road forms a loop around the south end of town. Photo taken 05/24/08.

Like Chillicothe, Quanah features a traffic light that is well signed. Photo taken 05/24/08.
SH 6 is the main north/south road in town. Photo taken 05/24/08.
SH 6 is one of the most important and longest state highways in Texas and runs from the Houston area to Oklahoma. Photo taken 05/24/08.
This view looks west in Quanah at a US 287 sign. Photo taken 05/24/08.
Acme, hardly a blip in the road, is the next town along the route. Photo taken 05/24/08.
FM 2568 is met again as it loops around Quanah to the south. Quanah is the county seat and was named for Indian Quanah Parker. Photo taken 05/24/08.
Loop 285 forms the old route of US 287 and consists of old slab concrete but does not go through anywhere populated. Photo taken 05/24/08.
US 287 west of Quanah is a quiet expressway in open ranchland. There is a picnic area here, and old routings of US 287 can be seen to each side of the road. Photo taken 05/24/08.
Loop 285 at Acme has a grade separation. Acme developed around a cement plant and gypsum mine, but today has no permanent residents. Photo taken 05/24/08.

Page Updated January 15, 2009.

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