TN 37
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From: North Carolina State Line east of Shell Creek (Carter County)
To:  Hillcrest (Sullivan County)
Total Length:
31.4 miles
The route continues as US 19E to end at US 19-19W Cane Creek NC
TN 143: 4.7 - 4.7
TN 173: 7.7 - 12.4
TN 361: 2.5 - 14.9
US 321 SB, TN 67 NB: 1.9 - 16.8
US 321 SB, TN 67 SB, TN 91 SB: 5.2 - 22.0
TN 91 NB: 0.4 - 22.4
Sullivan-Carter Line: 5.2 - 27.6
TN 44: 3.5 - 31.1
US 11E, US 19, US 19E END, US 19W, TN 34: 0.3 - 31.4
Creation: Appeared in 1923 as an original state highway running generally as it does now.
Adjustments: In 1930, TN 37 was extended north with US 11E through Bluff City, then northwest as new state highway to US 11W (now TN 126) Blountville.
In 1931 or 1932, TN 37 was removed from Carter St/Old Elizabethton Hwy in Bluff City and placed on Elizabethton Hwy to Hillcrest instead.
In 1939 or 1940, TN 37 was extended as new routing from Blountville southwest to US 23 (now TN 36) Spurgeon
Sometime in the 1950s, TN 37 was straightened out north out of Hampton. The only surviving segment is Mill Pond Rd in the Valley Forge area. The quite winding alignment where it crosses the Doe River twice is completely abandoned.
In 1953 or 1958, TN 37 was removed from Crabtree Rd and Old Rock Quarry Rd west of Roan Mountain; Little Mountain Church Rd; Holtsclaw Rd; Herman Johnson Loop; J D Whitehead Rd; Old Hwy 19E, Schoolhouse Rdand Dave Simerly Rd in Tiger Valley.
In 1958, TN 37 was removed from Old Hwwy 19E/Buck Creek Rd east of Shell Creek; Carter St, Main St, Conway St and Cloud Land Dr in Roan Mountain;
Between 1965-69, TN 37 north was cut back to Blountville, then extended northwest to US 11W Mill Point. The road to Spurgeon became a bit of TN 126 and TN 75.

1924 Official
TN 37 original route
1924 Official
1930 Official
TN 37 extended to Blountville
1930 Official
1940 Official
TN 37 extended to US 23
1940 Official
1971 Official
TN 37 rerouted to US 11W
1971 Official

In 1966, TN 37 was removed from Rittertown Rd south of Hampton; Church St and 1st St through Hampton (1st St remained part of TN 67 for a time)
In 1977, TN 37 was removed from Hamilton Hill Rd and Essex Dr in Bluff City.
Between 1982-86, TN 37 was removed from State Line Rd/Johnson Ave/Sycamore St/Broad St through Elizabethton, plus today's TN 400 and Bristol Hwy up to Gail Walker Cir
About 1990, TN 37 was removed from its temporary routing over Keenburg Rd and Gail Walker Cir, plus more Bristol Hwy/Elizabethton Hwy from Biltmore to Hillcrest; TN 44 to Bluff City; renumbered as TN 390 to the US 11E-19 interchange (this area has been redone and TN 394 between the interchange and TN 390 was not ever TN 37).

1969 Sullivan County
TN 37 original Hillcrest-Bluff City routing
1969 Sullivan County
1985 Sullivan County
TN 37 changed north of Bluff City
1985 Sullivan County
1992 Sullivan County
TN 37 changed south of Bluff City
1992 Sullivan County

Between 1997-2000, TN 37 north was truncated to the current US 19E-19W split in Hillcrest, leaving behind US 11E-19 to Thomas Bridge and TN 394 to US 11W. The modern TN 394 routing from US 11E-19 through Blountville was constructed at this same time - TN 37 used Elizabeth Chapel Rd; Earhart Rd; Summer Hills Dr/Feathers Chapel Rd; Blountville Blvd

1971 Official
TN 37 through Elizabethton
1971 Official
1986 Official
TN 37 bypasses Elizabethton
1986 Official
2000 Official
TN 37 replaced by TN 394
2000 Official

Posting: TN 37 is primary routing that is completely unposted
Secret US Route Overlay: US 19E (entire route)
Comment: TN 37 is part of the route that connects Bristol to Elizabethton and much of Carter County.

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