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Photo: Old US 217 (Dixie Inn Rd) approaching its northern end at US 17-1 (US 117 today) (Mapmikey)
US 217
U.S. 217  dead
Formerly: US 217 was an original US Highway, arriving in North Carolina in late 1926. It was added to the entirety of NC 22 from US 17-1/NC 40 (now US 117) near Wilson southwest through Smithfield, Benson, Dunn, Fayetteville, and Lumberton before exiting into South Carolina heading for Pee Dee, SC.
US 217 began by using Dixie Inn Rd, then US 301 south through Lucama, Kenly, Micro and Selma. At Smithfield, US 217 cut west with US 70 Bus then south on 3rd St to get back to US 301.
US 217 followed US 301 through Four Oaks and Benson. At Dunn, US 217 followed Ellis St to US 421 south back to US 301 south on Clinton Ave. US 217 followed current 301 through Godwin and Wade.
Approaching Fayetteville, US 217 followed Dunn Rd south of Eastover to Maxwell Rd in East Fayetteville. US 217 crossed the Cape Fear River and continued into Fayetteville on Clinton Rd. US 217 then headed south on Gillespie St back out to US 301.
US 217 used today's US 301 through St Pauls and used Pine St south to 2nd St west through Lumberton. South of Lumberton it is difficult to see where the pre-I-95 alignment was. At what is now US 74-A, US 217 followed Holly Branch Rd which becomes part of US 301 again before Raynham. US 217 then followed US 301 through Rowland to South Carolina.
In 1932, US 217 was renumbered as US 301.

1928 Gen Drafting
1928 Gen Drafting
US 217 with NC 22
1934 Rand McN
US 301 replaces US 217
1934 Rand McN

Last Update: 1 July 2012

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