OK 14 Shield Original Oklahoma Route 14 OK 14 Shield

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Route Description from 1925 State Highway Map:
Beginning at Buffalo in Harper County, via Supply, Tangier, Woodward, Sharon, Vici, Cestos, Seiling, Taloga, Putnam, Arapaho, Clinton, Bessie, Cordell, Rocky, Hobart, Roosevelt, Mountain Park, Snyder, Manitou, Frederick, Davidson, and across the Red River bridge toward Vernon, TX.

Original Oklahoma Route 14 presents something of a conundrum; it is almost a full north-south crossing of the state, yet it is separated from the twelve main highways in the numbering by Route 13, which is much shorter. Because of this separation, as well as the fact that no other tertiary highways have Route 14 as a terminus point, we have chosen to place Route 14 in the tertiary layer of the original highways. No matter which group of highways Route 14 is placed in, its purpose is clear; this highway was a main north-south trunk line for far western Oklahoma, connecting many communities to each other and to the mainline highway system. The following is a rough approximation of Route 14 using modern highways to illustrate a theoretical modern path if the original route number had remained in use.

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A theoretical modern version of Route 14 would begin at Buffalo and travel south concurrent with US Route 183 toward Fort Supply; just before reaching town, the two highways would be joined on the road by US 270, US 412, and modern SH 3. The five routes would travel together to Woodward, where US 412 leaves and SH 34 joins the concurrence. South of Woodward, Route 14 would follow with SH 34 as they leave the other routes behind and travel south toward Sharon.

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Route 14 would remain with SH 34 to Vici, then turn to instead follow with US 60 and SH 51 toward Cestos. Just before reaching Seiling, Route 14 would turn south to follow US 183 again and the two highways would continue together toward Taloga and points south.

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After a brief concurrence with SH 33 north of Arapaho, Route 14 and US 183 would continue south, crossing original Route 3 at Clinton before heading toward Cordell and Rocky.

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As it had since 1925, a modern Route 14 would share a short concurrence with Route 9 north of Hobart as it continued along US 183 further south. Route 14 and US 183 would remain together as they pass through Roosevelt and continue toward Snyder.

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A modern Route 14 would remain concurrent with US 183 as they pass through Snyder toward Frederick, Davidson, and to the Red River, where Route 14 would reach its southern terminus.

Route 14 only existed in its full original state for five years; the highway was substantially rerouted north of Seiling during the first major highway renumbering in 1930, removing it from its original purpose. The remaining original path south of that point was overlaid by US 183 when the federal route was designated through Oklahoma in 1939, and the state number was removed from this overlaid section by 1941. Though the original number passed from the official record at that time, the number had persisted long enough from Seiling south that references to State Highway 14 can still be found on many older maps of the area. The fact that most of the original path was eventually overlaid by a single US route is evidence that, once again, the original planners of the Oklahoma highway system had a superb feel for the traffic needs of the young state. We hope you enjoyed this look at one of western Oklahoma's major travel arteries.

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State Highway Shields created by Ken Parker of Oklahoma Bridge & Highways Group.