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Photo: NC 294 leaving US 64-74 (Chris Patriarca)
NC 294
N.C. 294  14 miles
The Road: Begins at US 64-74 Ranger and ends at the Tennesse Line in Liberty, all within Cherokee County. The route continues less than a mile as TN 123 over to TN 68.
Towns and Attractions: Cherokee Co: Nantahala National Forest
History: NC 294 was born in 1931 as new primary routing. It ran from NC 28 (now US 64-74) northwest through Postell to Tennessee.
In 1932, NC 294 was extended east with US 64/NC 28, then southwest as new primary routing to the Georgia Line at Culbertson to meet then-GA 86.
For some reason, in late 1934, NC 294 below US 64 was renumbered as NC 60.
In 1942, NC 294 was rerouted to avoid Postell. This left behind SR 1150, Old State Road. The new routing was an upgrade to some existing road, but west of today's Oak Park Rd was new construction.
Note that NC 294 did not ever use SR 1127 Bell Hill Rd.

1931 Official
NC 294 appears
1932 Gousha
NC 294 extended to Georgia
1936 Official
NC 60 replaces NC 294 south of US 64
1949 General Drafting map

NC 294 avoids Postell

I have not been on NC 294, which is North Carolina's southwesternmost state route. Matt Steffora reported that it has some curvy stretches but is not exactly mountainous.

Last Update: 31 October 2008

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