US 33/VA 33 Transition (1930s-40s)

Official State Maps
Virginia official state map insets still only showed route numbers mostly at the edges of the inset. So the July 1938 Official does show US 33-250 entering from the west, that is to say that on paper, US 33 did follow US 250 into Richmond. Broad St is shown as primary (VA did not differentiate colors for US routes until 1947) all the way through Richmond. US 1 has a brief overlay. US 60 met Broad St from 2nd St. So it is clear that US 250 ended at US 60, 2nd at Broad. So I presume US 33 ended there as well.
The first Virginia official map to label routes on insets with shields everywhere was the 1944 issue. It shows a VA 33 shield on Broad between Staples Mill and VA 161. However, this can't be trusted because it also shows Staples Mill Rd as VA 33. There are no other 33 shields on Broad. The 1946 Official repeats these errors.
The 1947 Official shows US 33 on Broad west of VA 161, as well as on Staples Mill, and shows VA 33 on 25th/Nine Mile Rd. There are no other shields on Broad. This is shown on every issue through 1959.

1938-39 Official
Official Maps 1938-41 showing US 33 entering Richmond with US 250
1938-39 Official
1944 Official
Official Maps 1944-46 not showing US 33 at all in Richmond
1944 Official
1947 Official
Official Maps 1947-61 not showing much more
1947 Official

VDOT County Maps:
The earliest Henrico County map I have after US 33's birth is from 1945. It explicitly shows US 250 on Broad between US 1 and US 60, but shows neither US 33 nor VA 33 on any part of Broad. This is true through 1957.

Other Maps:
General Drafting maps up through at least 1948 did not label any route numbers on Broad St between VA 161 and VA 33 Nine Mile Rd, although in these maps' cases all of Broad St is shown as a US route by color.

1945 Henrico County
Henrico County maps ignore route 33 on Broad St
1945 Henrico County
1948 Gen Draft
Gen Drafting maps ignore route 33 on Broad St downtown
1948 Gen Draft

VDOT Route Logs:
Route logs up through 1957 do not differentiate US form state in their general listing. However, there is a separate US route listing section. Unfortunately, US 33's endpoint is described as just "Richmond".

1941 route log
US 33 and VA 33 not differentiated
1941 Route Log
1941 route log
US 33 not specific enough
1941 Route Log

CTB documents:
The earliest reference that seems to indicate where the transition might be is in the Sept 1959 CTB.

Postings in the field:
Below is a picture of US 250 east at US 33 Staples Mill Rd, from around 1940 plus-or-minus. Note that there is no indication that US 33 joins Broad St from this vantage point. The second picture is a close-up where you can make out the US 250 reassurance marker under the giant oak tree. There does not appear to be a US 33 or VA 33 route marker visible.

Broad St at Staple Mills Rd
US 250 east at US 33, around 1940
photo by R.L. Atwell, courtesy Wayne Henderson
Broad St at Staple Mills Rd
zoom to Broad St reassurance marker past the intersection
photo by R.L. Atwell, courtesy Wayne Henderson

Eventually, VA 33 was posted on Broad St. Here is a photo of Broad St west where US 360 west split off from US 60, using 12th St. This supports the theory that US 33/VA 33 transition was at least as far west as where US 60 left Broad St at 2nd St. More photographic evidence is needed, though.

1979 photo 18th at Broad
Broad St west at 12th in the late 1940s.
photo from a pictoral history of Richmond book
 


 

 

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