Oklahoma State Highway 10

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State Highway 10

Route information
Maintained by ODOT
Length233.1 mi[1] (375.1 km)
ExistedAugust 24, 1924[2]–present
Major junctions
North end SH-99 northwest of Bigheart
Major intersections
South end I-40 near Gore
CountryUnited States
Highway system
  • Oklahoma State Highway System
SH-9 SH-11

State Highway 10 (abbreviated SH-10) is a state highway in northeastern Oklahoma. It makes a 233.1 miles (375.1 km) crescent through the northeast corner of the state, running from SH-99 in Osage County to Interstate 40 (I-40) near Gore. It has two lettered spur routes.

SH-10 first appeared as part of the original highway system designated in 1924. The route originally served eastern Oklahoma as a border-to-border route, connecting the Red River near Hugo to the Missouri state line near Joplin, Missouri. Much of the southern half of the route was dropped in 1941, while western extensions throughout the 1940s brought the highway to its current routing.

Route description

East end of OK 10 and US 69 concurrency

Highway 10 begins at State Highway 99 northwest of the unincorporated town of Bigheart. The highway runs northeast of this point through sparsely-populated Osage County. The route runs across the dam forming Lake Hulah and runs through its eponymous unincorporated community. East of this, it crosses into Washington County, where it skirts Copan Lake. The route then proceeds to the town of Copan, where it intersects US-75. SH-10 progresses east to Nowata County, entering the county near Wann, before meeting US-169 around Elliot. It forms a concurrency with US-169 through the town of Lenapah, and splits off and heads due east from there. It does not intersect any highways or pass through any sizeable towns until Welch, where it meets US-59/SH-2. It then continues east to Miami, Oklahoma where it overlaps with US-59/69 and meets State Highway 125. After passing through Miami and passing the northern terminus of State Highway 137, SH-10 reaches its northeasternmost point at the western terminus of SH-10C (see below). After this point, all of SH-10 is north–south.

Scenic SH-10 signage in Adair County, north of the Illinois River area.

SH-10 has a brief concurrency with U.S. Highway 60 near Wyandotte. At Wyandotte, the route turns to the south once more for 16 miles (26 km) to its junction with SH-25.[3] From this junction, the route turns to the west for the three-mile (4.8 km) stretch to Grove.[3] Until recently, SH-25 and SH-10 were concurrent along this stretch, but SH-25 now ends at the aforementioned junction. In downtown Grove, SH-10 again joins US-59, and is signed with that highway for 30 miles (48 km) through mostly rural parts of Delaware County, including the county seat, Jay, where State Highway 20 joins with SH-10 and US-59 for approximately two miles.[3]

South of Jay, the route continues south for 17 miles (27 km) to an intersection with SH-116.[3] SH-10 continues south for 3 miles (4.8 km), coming to an interchange with U.S. Highway 412, the Cherokee Turnpike, at the town of Kansas.[3] (US-59 departs just south of the interchange and follows US-412 east toward the Arkansas state line at West Siloam Springs.) SH-10 then begins paralleling the Illinois River, a popular recreation area primarily accessed through SH-10. It then heads eastbound again at US-62/State Highway 51. SH-10 forms a concurrency with these two highways to Tahlequah, where SH-51 splits off. US-62 and SH-10 remain concurrent until south of Ft. Gibson.

After leaving US-62, SH-10 runs mostly parallel to the Arkansas River, passing through the towns of Braggs, Oklahoma and Gore. It has a brief concurrency with U.S. Highway 64 to cross the Arkansas River, and splits off to the south in Webbers Falls. Just after this it ends at Interstate 40.


SH-10 was first added to the state highway system on August 24, 1924.[2] The original route of the highway began at the Texas state line south of Hugo and followed present-day US-271 northward to Spiro, Oklahoma, where it turned west along present-day State Highway 9. The highway then resumed a northbound course along present-day SH-2 to Warner. In Warner, it turned east to follow what is now US-64 to Webbers Falls and Gore. From Gore, it followed its current route to what is now the western terminus of SH-10C. From that intersection, rather than turning west towards Miami, SH-10 continued northeast to end southwest of Joplin, Missouri, approximately where Interstate 44 crosses the state line now.[4] By 1927, however, the northern terminus had been relocated to Miami.[5]

The Miami terminus lasted until January 30, 1930, when the highway was truncated to the US-60 junction near Wyandotte.[2] However, this change would be reversed seven years later; SH-10 once again ended in Miami beginning February 3, 1937.[2] SH-10 was extended to the west for the first time in 1941. The route's western terminus was moved to SH-2[6] at Welch on April 14, 1941.[2] However, the other terminus was moved north at the end of that year, resulting in SH-10 being truncated to Gore after November 12, 1941.[2] SH-10 was then extended farther west, to US-169 at Lenapah, on April 3, 1944.[2]

A new section of highway, running from SH-99 to Copan, was added to the state highway system on August 21, 1954.[2] This road was also assigned the SH-10 designation, creating a gap in the highway between Copan and Lenapah.[7] This gap would persist until August 3, 1981, when SH-10 was extended east from Copan to US-169, filling the gap.[2] This road is shown as SH-7 on the 1936 and 1937 Oklahoma official highway maps.

Interstate 40 was built through Sequoyah County in the late 1960s. SH-10 was extended from Gore along US-64 to Exit 291 on June 1, 1970.[2] This brought SH-10 to its present-day southern terminus.[8]

The section of SH-10 east of Gore was pressed into service as a detour for I-40 traffic after the collapse of its bridge over the Arkansas River on May 26, 2002.[9] The detour significantly impacted the town of Gore. Local firefighters directed traffic there 24 hours a day, with daytime temperatures approaching 100 °F (38 °C). Businesses in Gore reported loss of revenue due to the traffic; one gas station reported a 30% decline in revenue while traffic was detoured through town.[10] Delays of thirty to fifty minutes on the 12-mile (19 km) detour were typical, although trains passing through Gore could lengthen wait times by 15 minutes.[10][11]


State Highway 10C at the Missouri state line.

Junction list

OsageBigheart0.00.0 SH-99Western terminus
WashingtonCopan23.137.2 US 75Southern end of US-75 concurrency
24.238.9 US 75Northern end of US-75 concurrency
NowataElliott40.665.3 US 169Northern end of US-169 concurrency
Lenapah45.172.6 US 169Southern end of US-169 concurrency
CraigWelch76.9123.8 US 59 / SH-2Signed northern terminus of SH-2
Western end of US-59 concurrency
Ottawa88.1141.8 US 59 / US 69Eastern end of US-59 concurrency, Western end of US-69 concurrency
Miami89.9144.7 US 69 / SH-125Eastern end of US-69 concurrency, northern terminus of SH-125
91.3146.9 I-44 / Will Rogers Turnpike
Southern terminus of SH-69A
Ottawa94.8152.6 SH-137Northern terminus of SH-137
99.7160.5 SH-10CWestern terminus of SH-10C
Wyandotte104.4168.0 US 60Northern end of US-60 concurrency
104.9168.8 US 60Southern end of US-60 concurrency
Delaware120.2193.4 SH-25Western terminus of SH-25
Grove123.5198.8 US 59Northern end of US-59 concurrency
130.4209.9 SH-127Northern terminus of SH-127
Jay135.5218.1 SH-20Eastern end of SH-20 concurrency
136.0218.9 SH-127Southern terminus of SH-127
137.7221.6 SH-20Western end of SH-20 concurrency
150.6242.4 SH-116
Kansas154.4248.5 US 412 / Cherokee TurnpikeDiamond interchange
US 59 / US 412 Alt.
Southern end of US-59 concurrency
AdairNo major intersections
Cherokee180.5290.5 US 62 / SH-51Eastern end of US-62/SH-51 concurrency
Tahlequah182.4293.5 SH-82Northern end of SH-82 concurrency

SH-51 / US 62 Bus. north
Western end of SH-51 concurrency;
southern terminus of US Bus 62

SH-82 / US 62 Bus. west
Southern end of SH-82 concurrency;
northern terminus of US Bus 62
MuskogeeFort Gibson203.3327.2 SH-80Southern terminus of SH-80
205.0329.9 US 62Southern end of US-62 concurrency
223.3359.4 SH-10AWestern terminus of SH-10A
SequoyahGore228.7368.1 SH-100Northern end of SH-100 concurrency
229.0368.5 US 64 / SH-100Southern end of SH-100 concurrency, Northern end of US-64 concurrency
231.6372.7 US 64Southern end of US-64 concurrency
233.1375.1 I-40Southern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ a b Google (September 20, 2013). "Bigheart to Lenapah" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved September 20, 2013.
    Oklahoma Department of Transportation (n.d.). Control Section Maps: Nowata County (PDF) (Map) (2012–2013 ed.). Scale not given. Oklahoma City: Oklahoma Department of Transportation. Retrieved September 20, 2013.
    Oklahoma Department of Transportation (n.d.). Control Section Maps: Craig County (PDF) (Map) (2012–2013 ed.). Scale not given. Oklahoma City: Oklahoma Department of Transportation. Retrieved September 20, 2013.
    Google (September 22, 2013). "Welch to Gore" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved September 22, 2013.
    Google (September 22, 2013). "Gore to I-40" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved September 22, 2013.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Oklahoma Department of Transportation, Planning & Research Division. "Memorial Dedication & Revision History - SH 10". Retrieved 2008-02-18.
  3. ^ a b c d e Official State Map (PDF) (Map) (2009–10 ed.). Oklahoma Department of Transportation. Retrieved 2010-06-23.
  4. ^ Oklahoma State Highway System (PDF) (Map) (1925 ed.). Oklahoma State Highway Department. Retrieved 2008-02-18.
  5. ^ Oklahoma State Highway System (PDF) (Map) (1927 ed.). Oklahoma State Highway Department. Retrieved 2008-02-18.
  6. ^ Map Showing Condition of Improvement of the State Highway System (PDF) (Map) (January 1942 ed.). Oklahoma Department of Highways.
  7. ^ Texas/Oklahoma (Map). Cartography by Rand McNally. APCO Petroleum Products. 1956.
  8. ^ Official State Map (Map) (Centennial ed.). Oklahoma Department of Transportation. 2007.
  9. ^ "I-40 Webbers Falls Local Detour Route & Map". Oklahoma Department of Transportation. Retrieved 2014-01-10.
  10. ^ a b Morgan, Rhett (2002-07-26). "Towns on detour route await bridge reopening". Tulsa World. Retrieved 2014-01-10.
  11. ^ Stewart, D. R. (2002-05-29). "Truckers weigh cost of detours". Tulsa World. Retrieved 2014-01-10.

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