TN 1
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From:  Memphis (Shelby County)
To:  Dixie Lee Junction (Loudon County)
Total Length:
199.9 miles
ROUTE LOG
I-55 SB (exit 12), US 61 NB, US 64 WB, US 70 WB, US 79 WB: 0 - 0
US 61 SB, TN 14: 0.7 - 0.7
TN 4 EB: 0.4 - 1.1
US 78, TN 278: 0.9 - 2.0
US 51 SB, US 64 EB, US 70 EB, US 79 EB, TN 3: 0.3 - 2.8
I-40 (exit 1): 0.8 - 3.6
US 51 NB, TN 4 WB: 0.3 - 3.9
US 64 WB, US 70 WB, US 79 WB, TN 57: 3.2 - 7.1
I-40 (exit 10): 5.4 - 12.5
US 64 EB, TN 15: 4.7 - 17.2
TN 177: 3.3 - 20.5
TN 385: 7.2 - 27.7
Fayette-Shelby Line: 3.6 - 31.3
TN 196: 1.7 - 33.0
TN 59 EB: 4.1 - 37.1
Tipton-Fayette Line: 2.1 - 39.2
TN 59 WB: 0.9 - 40.1
Haywood-Tipton Line: 3.9 - 44.0
TN 222: 4.2 - 48.2
TN 179: 0.1 - 48.3
TN 19 WB: 10.7 - 59.0
TN 76 SB: 2.2 - 61.2
TN 19 EB: 0.8 - 62.0
US 70 ALT, US 79 EB, TN 76 NB: 0.5 - 62.5
I-24 (exit 174): 2.1 - 100.6
US 11 SB, TN 38: 0.2 - 100.8
TN 318: 1.6 - 102.4
TN 148: 1.1 - 103.5
TN 17 SB: 1.0 - 104.5
I-24 (exit 178), US 27: 1.3 - 105.8
US 41 SB, US 72 EB, TN 17 NB: 0.2 - 106.0
TN 27 NB, TN 58: 0.3 - 106.3
TN 27 SB: 0.9 - 107.2
US 41 SB, US 76 EB, TN 8 SB: 1.5 - 108.7
US 41 NB, US 76 WB, TN 8 NB: 0.5 - 109.2
TN 320: 4.7 - 113.9
TN 153: 1.7 - 115.6
TN 317 WB: 3.4 - 119.0
I-75 SB (exit 7), US 74 WB: 0.2 - 119.2
TN 317 EB: 1.5 - 120.7
I-75 NB (exit 11), US 74 EB: 2.6 - 123.3
TN 321: 0.6 - 123.9
Bradley-Hamilton Line: 3.3 - 127.2
US 64 Byp, US 74, TN 311: 6.4 - 133.6
US 11 Bus, US 64 EB, TN 40: 2.4 - 136.0
TN 312: 0.4 - 136.4
TN 60: 1.5 - 137.9
US 11 Bus, TN 74: 1.9 - 139.8
TN 308: 6.9 - 146.7
McMinn-Bradley Line: 1.5 - 148.2
TN 163 EB: 0.5 - 148.7
TN 163 WB: 0.6 - 149.3
US 11 Bus, TN 39 EB: 6.4 - 155.7
TN 39 WB: 0.2 - 155.9
TN 30: 5.9 - 161.8
US 11 Bus, TN 305: 2.7 - 164.5
TN 309: 3.9 - 168.4
Monroe-McMinn Line: 4.4 - 172.8
TN 68: 2.0 - 174.8
TN 322: 1.7 - 176.5
Loudon-Monroe Line: 5.0 - 181.5
TN 323: 1.3 - 182.8
TN 72: 3.4 - 186.2
TN 324: 4.9 - 191.1
US 321, TN 95: 3.7 - 194.8
US 11 NB, US 70, TN 1: 5.1 - 199.9
Creation: Appeared in 1923 as an original state highway, running generally the way it does now. TN 1 was assigned to the Memphis-Bristol Hwy, the first state maintained highway in Tennessee (since 1911).
1926 Official
TN 2 is a giant V
1926 Official

Adjustments: About 1926, TN 1 was placed on its current alignment from Galloway to Brownsville. The old route used Old Brownsville Rd/TN 196 through Galloway; +++Burrowtown Rd/Witherington Rd/Poplar Springs Loop+++ to Braden; current TN 1; Front St to Mason, which used to connect to Washington Ave; Old L and N Rd/Keeling Rd east; TN 222 north to Stanton; 2nd/Main St through Stanton; TN 179 to near Asbury; Stanton-Koko Rd to Willis; TN 76 to Brownsville (except TN 1 used the segment of Hatchie St between TN 76 and US 70-79 plus all the way to the town square).
In Dec 1926, US 70 was added to TN 1 from Arkansas to Nashville; US 270 from Nashville to Sparta; US 70 from Sparta to Knoxville; US 11 from Knoxville to Virginia.
About 1929, TN 1 was placed on its current alignment out of Memphis to Galloway. The old route used today's 2nd St north to Willis Ave east which used to transition to Jackson Ave (configuration at US 51 is different now); TN 14 to TN 15, except TN 1 used Old Austin Peay Hwy; TN 15 to Bartlett; Sycamore View Rd north to Memphis-Arlington Rd east; at about Kirby-Whitten Pkwy, the road used to head due east to connect to a cutoff segment of Memphis-Arlington Rd; Oak St north to Memphis-Arlington Rd east to Arlington (includig TN 177 dogleg); Douglass St, Polk St, Walker St, Chester St through Arlington; TN 205 north then Galloway Levee Rd to current TN 1 Galloway.
Between 1943-47, TN 1 moved from 2nd St to 3rd St in Downtown Memphis.
In 1949, TN 1 was placed on the new Memphis-Arkansas bridge, leaving behind the Hanaran Bridge which is still open to foot/bicycle traffic.
Between 1952-56, TN 1 was put on one-way routing through downtown Memphis, with EB using 3rd and WB using 2nd/Calhoun.
About 1968, TN 1 west was truncated to the I-55/Crump Blvd interchange, leaving behind I-55 and US 61-63-64-70-79.
About 1983, TN 1 was rerouted in Memphis using North Parkway west to Danny Thomas then south to Crump. The old routing on East Pkwy remained US 64-70-79; Union west of Danny Thomas became TN 3; 2nd/3rd remained TN 14.

1937 Official
US 64 original Memphis routing
1937 Official
1956 Gousha
US 64 on one-way splits
1956 Gousha
1988 Official
US 64 moved onto Danny Thomas
1988 Official

In 1995, TN 1 was placed on its bypass around the south and east of Brownsville, leaving behind Grand Ave; TN 54 on Main St west of the square; Main St east of the square.
In late 1926, US 41 was added to TN 2 from Murfreesboro to Jasper and US 11 was added from the Lookout Mtn area to Dixie Lee Junction.
In 1927 (Nat'l Archive), TN 2 was removed from Walker Valley Rd and Worth Ln between Cleveland and Charleston.
In 1928, TN 2 was removed from Martin Gains Rd in Smithtown; Goff Payne Rd, abandoned routing, Cliff Payne Rd and also from abandoned routing on the east side at Fiery Gizzard Rd near Smithtown.
About 1929, TN 2 was rerouted between Jasper and the Lookout Mountain area. Originally, TN 2 followed the unnamed alignment just west of modern TN 28 and just east of it; E. Valley Rd through Ebenezer; today's TN 27 to Mineral Springs; abandoned routing; Bennetts Lake Rd; Mullins Cove Rd for about 10 miles to the former Kelly's Ferry across the Tennessee River; abandoned routing parallel to current TN 2 to just east of the Kelly's Ferry Church. Now TN 2 followed its current routing, generally speaking.

1928 Official
TN 2 east out of Jasper
1928 Official
1930 Official
TN 2 southeast out of Jasper
1930 Official

Also about 1929, TN 2 was placed on today's Lee Hwy between Chattanooga and Summit. The old route eventually became the TN 2A corridor which was realigned in the 1930s. Today it is TN 17; Campbell St, Lightfoot Mill Rd; TN 317 (except TN 2 used abandoned routing between Noah Reid Rd and Bonnyvale Ln); Old Cleveland Pike (now ends at RR track); abandoned routing along north side of the RR; Old Cleveland Pike (just south of Volkswagon Dr interchange with I-75)
By 1930, TN 2 was removed from Old Dixie Hwy and Nelson Rd in Kimball.
In 1929 or 1930, TN 2 was rerouted in Chattanooga from Whiteside (this is Broad today)/Main/Cowart/Market/8th/Georgia/McCallie to Whiteside/11th/Central/McCallie.
In 1930 (bridge date), TN 2 was removed from Old Niota Rd out of Athens, plus a routing that is now essentially covered by TN 305 and US 11 (plus Club House Dr).
Also about 1930, TN 2 was removed from Browder School Rd/Huntsville Hollow Rd, plus Old Loudon Pike into Lenoir City
In 1931, TN 2 was put on new alignment between Bashaw Creek Rd across the Duck River to about Hendrixson Dr, leaving behind abandoned routing to the south.
Also in 1931 (bridge date), TN 2 was removed from Old Athens Pike/High St/Mayes Ave (no longer continous)/Old US 11 through Sweetwater; also Ol Lee Hwy/Elm St through Philadelphia
In 1931 or 1932, TN 2 was placed on current Old Lee Hwy and US 11-64 from Summit through the Ooltewah area. The old route is more Old Cleveland Pike (cut off by TN 317); Ooltewah Cemetary Rd/Jack Cate Rd/Lodge Ln/Railroad Ave/TN 321.

1928 Official
TN 2 meeting TN 58 east of Chattanooga
1928 Official
1930 Official
TN 2 meeting US 41 instead
1930 Official
1934 Official
TN 2 straightened out at Ooltewah
1934 Official

In 1935, TN 2 was removed from Oscar Cromwell Rd in Beechgrove; Old Beechgrove Rd and Ferrell's Cemetery Rd
Also about 1935, TN 2 was removed from the two Kellys Ferry segments west out of Lookout Valley; also removed from today's TN 318 and Old Wauhatchie Pike (no longer continuous)
In 1940, TN 2 was removed from French Brantley Rd southeast of Beechgrove and I believe also Old Murfreesboro Rd/Walter Barnes Ln (cutoff by I-24 from)/Busy Corner Ln
Also in 1940, TN 2 received its current routing through Charleston/Calhoun. The old route used Market St/Water St/remove bridge/Church St/Main St/TN 163/Old US 11
In the mid 1950s, TN 2 was rerouted in Murfreesboro. Originally it ended at Main St at Maney Ave. Now, TN 2 was removed from Maney and extended northwest on newly constructed Broad St to end at US 70S/TN 1 College St.

1939 Rutherford County
TN 2 original Murfreesboro route
1939 Rutherford County
1960 Rutherford County
TN 2 modern Murfreesboro route
1960 Rutherford County

It is unclear when TN 2 was removed from Mabee Ave in Monteagle but my guess is the 1950s.
About 1953, TN 2 was given its bypass of Athens. The old route through town became secondary for a number of years before becoming TN 2 Bus. Today it is TN 39, TN 305, and CR 379.

1929 Official
TN 2 original Charleston to Sweetwater routing
1929 Official
1932 Official
TN 2 straightened north of Athens
1932 Official
1943 Official
TN 2 straightened out at Charleston/Calhoun
1943 Official
1956 Gousha
TN 2 bypasses Athens
1956 Gousha

My guess is that TN 2 was removed from Glover Hill Rd in Jasper in 1954.
In 1956 (bridge date), TN 2 was given one-way splits in Chattanooga. EB used 11th/Central/Bailey/Doods (replacing TN 2A #2) while WB used the original alignment of McCallie/Central/9th/Georgia (this became TN 2 Loop on the TN route log)
About 1958, TN 2 was given its current route through Manchester. Originally it used Irwin/High/Spring/Fort/Woodland Sts.
By 1961, the Chattanooga Splits were just Bailey EB and McCallie WB between Georgia and Dodds
About 1962, TN 2 was placed on I-75 between exits 7 and 11 northeast of Chattanooga. This created a split routing with NB using Bonnie Oaks Dr to access I-75 NB, while SB still used Lee Hwy on the west side of I-75 which had a ramp from I-75 SB about 3/4 of a mile north of Exit 7. This left behind Old Lee Hwy on the east side of the interstate.
Around 1964, TN 2 was removed from Dixie Lee Ave and a piece of Bluebird Ln south of Monteagle and placed onto I-24 EB lanes. I-24 EB was built more or less on top of TN 2 with just a few abandoned segments to smooth out some curves. At the bottom of the mountain, TN 2 was removed from Martin Springs Rd on the east side of I-24 to just south of the current TN 2 exit.
In the 1960s, TN 2 was truncated to the current routing of US 70S/TN 1 south of downtown Murfreesboro.
Around 1968, TN 2 was rerouted just west of the Tennessee River bridge Haletown to accommodate Nickajack Lake. Only a small bit of the original route within Marion County Park is not underwater.
In 1983, TN 2 was rerouted around Cleveland, replacing TN 2 Byp. The old route through town became TN 40 south of downtown and TN 74 north of it.

1980 Bradley County
TN 2 through Cleveland
1980 Bradley County
1985 Bradley County
TN 2 bypasses Cleveland
1985 Bradley County

About 2004, TN 2 was removed from central Chattanooga entirely by using 20th/23rd/Dodds. The old routing into downtown remains part of US 72 and TN 8. Leaving downtown on its former one-way pairs is no longer in the state highway system.

1928 Official
TN 2 using 8th
1928 Official
1932 Official
TN 2 using 11th
1932 Official
1968 Hamilton County
TN 2 on one-way splits
1968 Hamilton County
2009 Official
TN 2 moved to Dodds and 23rd
2009 Official

Also about 2004, TN 2 was removed from Lee Hwy north of Exit 7 on I-75 as the far flung ramp was removed and new ramps were installed right at Exit 7.
Posting: TN 2 is completely unposted, except for its solo section off I-24 near Kimball. The other solo segment between I-24 exit 135 and Monteagle is unposted. TN 2 is primary between I-75 Ooltewah and US 321 Lenoir City and secondary everywhere else.
Secret US Route Overlay: US 41 (55.4 mi)
US 64 (60.4 mi)
US 11 (63.9 mi)
Comment: TN 2 forms a V-shape with Chattanooga at the bottom point.
It appears that TN 2 had a railroad underpass of under 8 feet in Ooltewah until it was relocated to I-75.


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