Kansas Highways Routelog

US Highway 36

Length: 397 miles
West Endpoint:
Colorado State Line west of St. Francis

East Endpoint:
Missouri State Line near Elwood

Counties Passed through: Cheyenne, Rawlins, Sheridan, Thomas, Decatur, Norton, Phillips, Smith, Jewell, Republic, Washington, Marshall, Nemaha, Brown, Doniphan


The original routing for US 36 took it southwest along K-22 from Norton to US 40N near Halford. The former K-2 west of Norton was re-designated US 36 by 1932

All of US 36 was gravel across the state, with hard-surfaced segments between Montrosa and Courtland, between Marysville and Seneca, east out of Hiawatha, and between Troy and St. Joseph, Mo. in 1932. By 1936, US 36 was hard-surfaced from Norton to Belleville, and from Marysville to Highland. By 1940, the segment between Highland and Troy was hard surfaced. By 1945, US 36 was straigtended between Seneca and Fairview, and part of this new alignment east of Seneca was still gravel. This, along with a segment between Belleview east to Cuba, and from Norton west to the Norton-Decatur county line, were the final segments of gravel on US 36 in Kansas. They were hard-surfaced by 1950.