U.S. Route 10 Alternate (Washington–Montana)

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U.S. Route 10A

The 1941 alignment of US 10A highlighted in red and the 1947 alignment of US 10A in blue
Route information
Auxiliary route of US 10
Length567 mi[1][a] (912 km)
Major junctions
West end I-90 / US 10 in Coeur d'Alene, ID
Major intersections
East end I-90 / US 10 in Wye, MT
CountryUnited States
StatesWashington, Idaho, and Montana
Highway system
  • Idaho State Highway System

U.S. Route 10A (US 10A) was an alternate route of US 10 that existed between 1941 and 1967. From 1941 to 1947, it ran between Seattle, Washington, and Missoula, Montana. Since its decommissioning, it has been replaced by Idaho State Highway 200 (SH-200), Montana Highway 200 (MT 200), and US 2. By 1947,[2] it had been rerouted to run concurrently with US 95, as the majority of its former route had been replaced by the western extension of US 2 from Bonners Ferry, Idaho, to Everett, Washington. This change led the highway to begin in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, rather than in Seattle. It would remain in this configuration until its decommissioning in 1967, as I-90 gradually replaced US 10.[3]

Route description


US 10A split from US 10 in Seattle. The highway would then follow US 99 (modern Washington State Route 99) north to Everett. There it separated from US 99. It then traveled east across the Cascade Range via Stevens Pass to central Washington. In Spokane, the highway followed US 195 to Sandpoint, Idaho.


A view of Lake Pend Oreille from the former US 10A route
A view of Lake Pend Oreille from US 10A (now SH-200)

In Idaho, US 10A went through Bonner County and the town of Sandpoint. In Sandpoint, US 10A intersected US 95. At the intersection, US 195 terminated, and US 10A would follow the shore of Lake Pend Oreille, serving the communities of Hope and Clark Fork before entering Montana.

1947 reroute

After its reroute in 1947, US 10A started in Coeur d'Alene concurrent with US 95. It would follow US 95 north to Sandpoint. At the intersection with US 2, US 10A spilt from US 95 and went east toward Clark Fork.


In Montana, the route would then follow through rural northwestern Montana and the towns of Plains and Thompson Falls parallel to the Clark Fork and Flathead rivers. It then intersected US 93 in Ravalli. It then ran concurrently with US 93 south to Wye, where US 10A ended at Desmet Junction intersecting US 10 and US 93.


The US 95 intersection in the early 1920s
The intersection with US 95 in the early 1920s

US 10A was formed in 1941 as an alternate route of US 10 going through northwestern Montana, northern Idaho, and central Washington. In Washington, it would follow the former route of US 10 through Stevens Pass before it was rerouted in 1939.[4] It served as an artery to isolated communities in those states, such as Clark Fork, Idaho; Plains, Montana; as well as several small towns in central Washington. It also replaced MT 3.[5]

In 1946, representatives of the highway departments of Idaho and Washington proposed an extension of US 2 to Everett that was considered by the American Association of State Highway Officials's U.S. Route Numbering Committee in January 1946; however, the committee vetoed the proposal. The proposal resurfaced during the committee's meeting on December 20, 1946, and US 2 was approved as a replacement for US 10A from Everett to Sandpoint and US 195 from Spokane to Newport; however, US 195 would remain on road maps in Washington until at least 1951.[6] In 1947, following the extension of US 2, US 10A was rerouted to start in Coeur d'Alene along US 95.

US 10A was decommissioned as US 10 itself was being replaced by I-90.

US 10A was decommissioned in 1967, as its parent route, US 10, was being replaced by Interstate 90 (I-90). After its decommissioning, the states of Idaho and Montana had replaced the former US 10A route with state highways. Montana renumbered MT 20, which had already been routed on US 10A by 1956,[5] to MT 200. Idaho established SH-200 to replace US 10A a year later. Both highways were a part of a series of similarly numbered routes in Minnesota and North Dakota with the end goal being a unified federal designation.[7]

Major intersections

WashingtonKingSeattle US 10 / US 99Western end of US 99 concurrency; western terminus
SnohomishEverett US 99Eastern end of US 99 concurrency
ChelanPeshastin US 97 / PSH 2Western end of US 97 and PSH 2 concurrency
Wenatchee US 97Eastern end of US 97 concurrency
SpokaneSpokane US 10 / US 395 / US 195 / PSH 2Western end of US 195 concurrency; eastern end of PSH 2 concurrency
Pend OreilleNewport PSH 6PSH 6 became State Route 20 in 1964[8]
IdahoBonnerSandpoint US 95 / US 195Eastern end of US 195 concurrency; eastern terminus of US 195
MontanaSandersPlains MT 28
LakeRavalli US 93Western end of US 93 concurrency
MissoulaWye US 10 / US 93Eastern terminus; Eastern end of US 93 concurrency
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

1947 rerouting

IdahoKootenaiCoeur d’Alene I-90 / US 10Southern end of US 95 concurrency; western terminus
BonnerSandpoint US 95 / US 2Northern end of US 95 concurrency
MontanaSandersPlains MT 28
LakeRavalli US 93Western end of US 93 concurrency
MissoulaWye I-90 / US 10 / US 93[9]Eastern terminus; eastern end of US 93 concurrency
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also


  1. ^ The length after the 1947 reroute was 223 miles (359 km).


  1. ^ State Farm Insurance Companies Travel Bureau (1944). "State Farm Road Map: United States" (Map). State Farm Road Atlas United States Canada Mexico. 1:8,680,000. Chicago: Rand McNally. pp. 16–17. Retrieved September 6, 2020 – via David Rumsey Map Collection.
  2. ^ Weingroff, Richard (June 27, 2017). "U.S. 2: Houlton, Maine, to Everett, Washington". Highway History. Federal Highway Administration. Retrieved September 6, 2020.
  3. ^ Idaho Department of Highways; Rand McNally & Co. (1967). Official Highway Map of Idaho (Map). c. 1:1,425,600. Boise: Idaho Department of Highways. Retrieved September 6, 2020 – via Flickr.
  4. ^ Washington State Highway Commission (1939). Highways of the State of Washington (DJVU) (Map). Washington State Highway Commission. Retrieved November 2, 2020.
  5. ^ a b "Get Maps". ngmdb.usgs.gov. USGS Topoview. Archived from the original on 2017-07-09. Retrieved 1 June 2023.
  6. ^ Shell Oil Company; H.M. Gousha Company (1951). Shell Highway Map of Western United States (Map). 1:4,752,000. Chicago: Shell Oil Company. Retrieved April 14, 2021.
  7. ^ "New Map Changes Route 20". The Havre Daily News. October 18, 1967. p. 4. Retrieved November 9, 2020 – via Newspapers.com. The ultimate goal of the highway association, Belding said, is federal designation.
  8. ^ Prahl, C. G. (December 1, 1965). "Identification of State Highways" (PDF). Washington State Highway Commission. Retrieved October 23, 2020.
  9. ^ Montana State Highway Commission; Rand McNally and Co. (1959). Map of the Montana State Highway System (PDF) (Map). Helena: Montana State Highway Commission. Retrieved October 30, 2020.