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OK 6

Highway History:
1953: There were two OK 6's, and both of them are part of today's OK 6. The northern OK 6 went from OK 41 (now OK 152) south of Elk City to U.S. 66 (now Business Loop I-40) in Elk City. The southern OK 6 began at U.S. 283 east of Mangum and went to OK 9 in Gotebo. As for the rest of the route: current OK 6 between the Texas State Line and U.S. 62 was OK 44, with OK 34 duplexing from the state line to Eldorado, where that highway went north around the area of today's OK 6/OK 5 intersection (back then, it was the OK 34/OK 44/OK 90 intersection). The highway between OK 152 east of Sweetwater and U.S. 66 in Elk City was signed as OK 73.

Highway Review:
OK 6 goes through two of western Oklahoma's largest towns, Altus and Elk City. It starts out at the Texas state line about seven miles south of Eldorado. The eastern terminus of the western OK 5 and the southern terminus of OK 34 are located at OK 6 throughout its first 27 mile stretch between Texas and U.S. 62. OK 6 then heads east on U.S. 62 for five miles, but OK 6 is largely unsigned throughout this stretch. In Altus, OK 6 heads north with U.S. 283 and the highway is signed there. Recent reconstruction and widening of this highway between Altus and Mangum have made it a 4-lane divided highway. OK 6 heads north on its own east of Mangum and intersects OK 9 in Granite. OK 55 joins OK 6 for a few miles near the town of Retrop. After OK 55 heads west on its own, OK 6 becomes a 4-lane divided highway all the way to Elk City. There is access to Interstate 40 from OK 6 in Elk City at Exit 38. At its intersection with the I-40 Business Loop OK 6 becomes an east-west highway. The final intersection before its terminus is at U.S. 283, and about ten miles later OK 6 ends at OK 152 east of Sweetwater.

Highway Information:
Distance: 116.4 miles
Counties traveled through: Jackson, Greer, Beckham
Highway intersections: OK 5 (W) (Mile 7.6), OK 34 (Mile 12.5), U.S. 62 (Mile 27.4), U.S. 62/283 (Mile 32.3), OK 19 (Mile 42.4), OK 44 (Mile 47.5), U.S. 283 (Mile 50.3), OK 9 (Mile 57.3), OK 55 (Mile 72.3), OK 55 (Mile 78.3), OK 152 (Mile 83.4), Interstate 40/OK 34 (Mile 90.2), Business I-40 (Mile 95.3), U.S. 283 (Mile 105.6), OK 152 (Mile 116.4)
Highway duplexes: U.S. 62 (Miles 27.4-32.3, 4.9 miles), U.S. 283 (Miles 32.3-50.3, 18.0 miles), OK 55 (Miles 72.3-78.3, 6 miles)


SOUTHERN TERMINUS
Texas State Line, continues as TX 6

OK 6 South as it prepares to cross the Red River. There is no
"END" sign at this terminus. (Photo taken 10/11/02)
First TX 6 South assurance shield after crossing the state line. The
speed limit is now 70 as TX 6 makes its way towards Quanah
and U.S. 287. TX 6 is one of the Lone Star State's longest
state highways as it travels all the way to Galveston via Waco,
College Station, and Houston. (Photo taken 10/11/02)
First OK 6 North assurance shield after crossing the state line. The
highway ends 116 miles later at OK 152 east of Sweetwater.
(Photo taken 10/11/02)
"Welcome to Oklahoma" on OK 6 North after crossing the Red
River. This is typical Welcome to Oklahoma signage for U.S. and
state highways entering the Sooner State. (Photo taken 10/11/02)

OTHER HIGHWAY PICTURES

OK 6 North at OK 5 West in Eldorado. (Photo taken 10/11/02)
OK 6 South at OK 5 West in Eldorado. (Photo taken 10/11/02)
OK 6 West (should be South) at OK 34 North between Olustee
and Eldorado. This is the southern terminus of OK 34, which runs
from here to the Kansas state line, a distance of 188.5 miles.
(Photo taken 10/11/02)
OK 6 South shield just south of U.S. 62 west of Altus. Olustee is
six miles away from this location. (Photo taken 10/11/02)
U.S. 62 West/OK 6 South at OK 6 South. U.S. 62 ends its 4-lane
divided highway configuration a few miles west of this intersection.
(Photo taken 10/11/02)
U.S. 62 West/OK 6 South approaching OK 6 South. (Photo taken
10/11/02)
U.S. 283/OK 6 South at U.S. 62 in Altus. There is no indication of
OK 6 present here, but it does turn right (west) at this intersection.
(Photo taken 10/11/02)
U.S. 283/OK 6 South at OK 19 in Blair. This is the western
terminus of OK 19, which spans from here to OK 3 in Ada, 172.3
miles to the east. (Photo taken 10/11/02)
U.S. 283/OK 6 South shields just south of OK 44. OK 6 is signed
well throughout its stretch with U.S. 283, and sometimes, as you'll
see in the next couple pictures, OK 6 is signed and U.S. 283 is not!
(Photo taken 10/11/02)
U.S. 283/OK 6 North approaching OK 44. This is a case
where the state highway is signed and the U.S. highway is not. The
highway was recently widened, and maybe ODOT hasn't gotten
around to putting up U.S. 283 shields yet! (Photo taken 10/11/02)
U.S. 283/OK 6 North at OK 44 North. Again, U.S. 283 is not signed!
This is the southern terminus of OK 44. (Photo taken 10/11/02)
OK 6 South/OK 55 East at OK 6 South. These two highways are
joined for six miles. (Photo taken 11/26/02)
OK 6 South/OK 55 East shields just south of the OK 55 West
junction. (Photo taken 11/26/02)
OK 6 South at U.S. 283. U.S. 283 travels through Altus and Sayre
during its time in Oklahoma. (Photo taken 11/26/02)

NORTHERN TERMINUS
OK 152, east of Sweetwater

"END OK 6" sign on OK 6 North at OK 152 east of Sweetwater.
The Texas state line is located about nine miles west of this
intersection. (Photo taken 11/26/02)
OK 152 East at OK 6 South. OK 152 actually heads south here
while OK 6 heads east. Also notice that the sign says that U.S. 152
heads toward the south; this is one of several U.S. 152 shields
located along OK 152. (Photo taken 11/26/02)