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Photo: US 401 WB view at Lombardy Grove leaving US 1/VA 31 (photo by Mapmikey, 1/21/08)
US 401  not currently assigned
Previous US 401's:

1931 ROUTE LOG
US 501, VA 18, VA 44 WB: 0 - 0
US 15 SB, VA 32 SB: 26 - 26
US 15 NB, VA 32 NB, VA 44 EB, VA 400 Begin: 1 - 27
VA 12 WB, VA 400 END: 10 - 37
US 1 SB, VA 31 SB: 10 - 47
US 1 NB, VA 12 EB, VA 31 NB, VA 434: 6 - 53
US 401: Appeared in late 1926 or late 1927 as an early US Highway although it is not clear where it initially ran. Some maps show US 401 entered Virginia at Soudan and proceeded to Clarksville via SR 822, which ends at Buggs Island Lake and US 401 would've continued north. Driveable road picks up again with SR 821 Old National Hwy at the Merifield Wildlife Management Area. Alas, SR 821 ends at another arm of the lake. US 401 picked up SR 1102 5th St on the other side into Clarksville. This was an add-on to VA 32. Some maps say that US 15 initially was on the road to Clarksville and some even show US 15 east to South Hill. Interestingly, an official map I'm certain is from 1927 shows no US 401 at all, while a late 1927/early 1928 official map shows Clarksville to South Hill as US 401.

1926 Official
US 401 Clarksville to South Hill
1926 Official
1927 Gen Draft
US 15 Clarksville to South Hill?
1927 Gen Draft
1927 Official
No US route at all Clarksville to South Hill?
1927 Official

What is more certain is that eventually US 401 did head east with VA 201 via today's US 58 Business and US 58 east of Clarksville; SR 783 through Finchley; SR 756 into Boydton; one block of SR 707 north.
US 401 then followed VA 12 where it followed US 58 Business east to about the mainline US 58. VA 12 initially followed a road now abandoned save a small piece of SR 608 Ridge Rd that follwed the RR tracks closely (north side) until about the current US 58-VA 4 jct. VA 12 followed "Old Plank Rd" from here which is now SR 674 to Baskerville; SR 669 to SR 668 to SR 663 to SR 645 to SR 644 to SR 661 Lombardy Grove; SR 661 to South Hill. US 401 ended at today's Goode Ferry Rd (SR 903), which at that time was US 1/VA 31.

1928 Official
US 401 Clarksville to South Hill
1928 Official

In 1927, US 1 was moved off SR 903 and instead onto its current routing. The 1931 route log says US 401 still ended at South Hill so US 401 may have still ended at Goodes Ferry Rd or may have been extended east slightly to current VA 47.
In 1930, US 401 was placed on modern US 58/US 58 Business from Boydton to Lombary Grove, leaving behind several CRs: 223A, 262, 205A, 8, 130, 5, 105, and 12.
Also by March 1930, US 401 was extended west over VA 44 from Clarksville to end at US 501/VA 18 South Boston. US 401 used used US 58 Business to 8th St to SR 750 west to US 58. US 401 then appears to have followed SR 722 Cow Rd, SR 732 Buffalo Creek Rd over to Buffalo Springs, then SR 601 through Midway to Omega, then US 58, SR 742 and US 58 before ending at US 501.

Sept 1930 Official
US 401 extended to South Boston
US 401 straightened out east of Boydton
Sept 1930 Official

In 1931, US 401 was moved to US 58's routing from South Boston to today's SR 750 west of Clarksville.

Oct 1931 Official
US 401 straightened out west of Clarksville
Oct 1931 Official

In 1932, US 401 was renumbered as part of US 58.

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