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N.C. 71 
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Photo: NC 71 at US 301 (Adam Prince)
NC 71
N.C. 71  28 miles
The Road: Begins at US 74 Bus/NC 130 Maxton and ends at US 301 east of Parkton, all within Robeson County
Towns and Attractions: Robeson Co: Maxton
Scotland Co: None
Robeson Co: Red Springs, Lumber Bridge
History: NC 71 was born around 1928 as new primary routing. It initially ran from NC 70 (now NC 72) over to US 74/NC 20 Maxton.
In 1930, NC 71 was extended both directions as new primary routing - east to US 217/NC 22 (now US 301) and southeast of Maxton to US 217/NC 22 (now US 301) Rowland.
In 1931, NC 71 was extended east from Rowland as new primary routing to NC 70 (now NC 41) Fairmont, then replaced NC 72 east to US 74/NC 20 east of Orrum.
About 1940, NC 71 from Maxton east to Orrum became part of NC 130 which it remains today except for NC 130 Business through Fairmont.

1929 Official
NC 71, Maxton to Red Springs
1930 Official
NC 71 expands both directions
1933 Gen Draft
NC 71 extended east of Rowland
1940 Official
NC 71 truncated to Maxton

NC 71's incursion into Scotland County is extremely brief.
NC 71 is has been mentioned from I-95 at Exit 33 since at least the late 1970s. Before I-95 was open around Fayetteville, it was also mentioned at the US 301/I-95 split near Hope Mills.
Presumably the lower half of NC 71 was renumbered to relieve confusion. NC 71 intersected US 301 twice and US 74 twice

Last Update: 9 November 2008

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