~ U.S. Route 19 ~




U.S. Route 19 is a north-south U.S. Highway. Despite the encroachment of Interstate Highways, the route has remained a long-haul route, connecting Lake Erie with the Gulf of Mexico. It runs through seven states, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina, Georgia and Florida.

The highway's northern terminus is in Erie, Pennsylvania, at an intersection with U.S. Route 20 (26th and Peach Streets) about two miles from the shores of Lake Erie. Its southern terminus is at Memphis, Florida, just north of Bradenton at an intersection with U.S. Route 41.

US 19 is about 1450 miles long taking the 19E leg in Tennessee (which I did) and was formed in 1926, when the US Highway numbering system began. One section of US 19 between Spring Hill and St Petersburg, FL was designated the Most Dangerous Road in the USA in 2003.

The northern terminus of US 19 has always been the intersection with US 20 in Erie, Pennsylvania. The southern terminus has crept southward through the years, ending in Lawrenceville, Georgia until 1928, when it was extended to Thomasville, Georgia. In 1929 and 1930 it went westward to Tallahassee, Florida. From 1930 to 1954 it headed south again from Thomasville to St. Petersburg, Florida.
The current length of US 19 has been in effect since 1954 with the opening of the original Sunshine Skyway Bridge between St. Petersburg and Memphis, Florida.

I took several side trips to interesting places near US 19. Some of those side trips are included in the pages for the states, while some others have pages of their own.

My tour began on October 15, 2009 and ended on December, 9. There are some great photos of the fall colors in several of the states I passed through.

U.S. Route 19

Below are the photo links for the pages covering my trip down U.S.Route 19. Just click on the photos to view the page.

Pennsylvania

West Virginia

Virginia

Tennessee

North Carolina

Georgia

Chattahoochee National Forest and Track Rocks Gap side trip

Jimmy Carter National Historic Site side trip

Kolomoki Mounds State Park Museum side trip

Kolomoki Mounds State Park side trip

Crystal River Archaeological State Park

Nature Coast Botanical Gardens

Sunshine Skyway Bridge

Florida and the end of US Route 19

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