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|U.S. 701 113 miles|
|The Road:||Enters Columbus County from South Carolina at Tabor City. Ends at I-95 (exit 90); US 301, NC 96 near Four Oaks in Johnston County.
Nationally, US 701 runs from US 17-17 ALT Georgetown, SC to Four Oaks.
|Towns and Attractions:||Columbus Co.: Tabor City; Whiteville (Powell Blvd)
Bladen Co.: Clarkton (College St); Elizabethtown (Poplar St); White Lake
Sampson Co.: Garland (Ingold Av); Clinton; Newton Grove
Johnston Co.: Bentonville Battleground
|History:||US 701 is not an original 1927 US Route. It came to North Carolina in 1932, the same year it was created nationally. In that fateful year, US 701 was placed on most of NC 23. US 701 ran pretty much the way it does now, as it has not seen any major alignment changes since then. In fact, the 1932 Shell Map puts US 701's distance at 114 miles (compared with 113 today), which gives a good indication that not much major has happened with US 701. But a few things have happened...
In late 1934 NC 23 was removed from US 701's route.
Between 1947-50, US 701 received its first bypass of Clinton, to the east of town. This was new construction (and now is partly US 701 Business and partly East Blvd). The old way through Clinton (Lisbon and Beamer Sts) became US 701-A (no longer numbered today).
Also in 1950, US 701 was rerouted in Tabor City to use today's US 701 Business. Previously, US 701 used today's NC 410 to enter South Carolina (US 701 followed all of today's SC 410 as well). The new route from Tabor City had been part of NC-SC 904.
Between 1953-55 US 701 was given its bypass of Whiteville. The old route through town became US 701-A (US 701 Business today).
Between 1957-58, US 701 was given its bypass of Tabor City. The old route became US 701-A (US 701 Business today).
Between 1964-68 US 701 was given its bypass of Ingold, leaving behind "Old US 701"
By the mid-70's, US 701 was moved onto its western bypass of Clinton (The US 421 portion had been there a long time). The previous mainline US 701 bypass became US 701 Business.
No official map shows the Clarkton Bypass, but there is a bypass shown on the 1993 DeLorme. I have no idea how long it has been there. The old route through Clarkton is US 701 Business.
|U.S. 701 Business 3 miles|
|The route:||US 701 Business for Tabor City was created in 1960 as a renumbering of US 701-A. The route through town uses 6th St and Railroad St. The northern half was once original NC 23. Today it is mostly multiplexed with NC 410 and the southern half was once NC 904. US 701 Business is the only Business route in N.C. to cross a state line, but it is NOT South Carolina's only example (US 25 Bus in Augusta-N. Augusta, natch).|
|U.S. 701 Business 5 miles|
|The route:||US 701 Business for Whiteville was created in 1960 as a renumbering of US 701-A. The route through town uses Madison St. and meets US 74 Bus-76 Bus at the town square. This was once original NC 23. US 701 Business is blown off by the US 74-76 freeway. Oddly, Us 701 Business has not shown up on an official map since before at least 1968.|
|U.S. 701 Business 7 miles|
|The route:||The current US 701 Business for Clinton was created in the early 70's as a renumbering of Clinton's original US 701 Bypass. The route mostly uses Pugh Rd. The DeLorme suggests US 701 Business and Bypass on the eastern side of Clinton could've used other alignments as well, such as Raleigh St. The Official Maps do not sort this out sufficiently.|
|U.S. 701 Business 3 miles|
|The route:||US 701 Business for Clarkton goes back to at least 1993 (DeLorme) but could be a lot older, as it never appears on any official maps. The route through town uses College St. and was once original NC 23.|
|U.S. 701 Business disestablished|
|The route:||The first US 701 Business for Clinton was created in 1960. It replaced US 701-A along Lisbon and Beaman Sts This route had once been the original NC 23.
It appears that by 1963, US 701 Business was demoted to secondary status, which it remains today.