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Photo: NC 681's old beginning at the Virginia State Line (Mapmikey)
NC 681
N.C. 681  dead

NC 681: was born in 1928 as a renumbering of part of NC 68. It ran from NC 68-69 (current US 221 Bus/NC 88) Jefferson northeast to Crumpler then north to Virginia where the route continued as a secondary route to Mouth Of Wilson, VA. Note that in 1931 Virginia created VA 139 to meet NC 681. Oddly, there are several maps in the 20s that seem to show this connecting with the initial VA 123 which became VA 129, but that connection is not apparent in the 1930 Ashe/Alleghany maps or anywhere else...
NC 681 met its end in 1940, when NC 16 was extended over it, in the process of creating the NC-VA-WV 16 route we have today. However, NC 681's routing is not NC 16 now. NC 681 used SR 1573 Healing Springs Road, as NC 16 was totally rebuilt in the 1950's.

1926 Official
NC 68 north of Jefferson
1928 Gen Drafting
NC 681 north of Jefferson
1941-42 Official
NC 16 north of Jefferson

Last Update: 23 November 2007

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