John Day Highway #5
1921 to Present
Former Name
John Day River Highway #5 - (1917 to 1921)
<--The Dalles-California Highway #4 Old Oregon Trail Highway #6 -->

Overview
From: MP 000.00
I-84 US-30
Columbia River Highway #2
MP 137.19 - in Arlington
Current John Day Highway #5
John Day Highway #5
To: MP 278.21
  EAST
US-20 US-26
Central Oregon Highway #7
MP 246.39 - in Vale
Length: 265.77 Miles
John Day Highway #5 1917 Original Primary Highway
Current Route Designations
US-26 US-395 ORE-19 ORE-206 ORE-207
Historic Route Designations
US-28 ORE-11
1927-1952 1933-1935
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History
1917 The Oregon State Legislature revises the Highway Act and creates an Oregon State Highway Commission (OSHC). The Act directs the commission to oversee 36 highways to be "...permanently constructed and finished with a hard surface."

John Day River Highway #5   As stated in General Laws of Oregon 1917, Chapter 423, the John Day River Highway #5 proposed route is:  
1917 John Day Highway #5 Map
1917 John Day River Highway #5

"A road from the intersection with the Columbia River Highway at a point either in Sherman or Gilliam County, by way of Condon, Fossil, and Spray and thence up the John Day Valley to such a point as the Highway Commission shall elect and from thence to Vale and end at the Idaho line."

 

The initial routing of the John Day River Highway #5 extended beyond Vale to terminate at the Idaho Border on the Snake River in Nyassa. At that time the Central Oregon Highway #7 ended in Vale, and the Old Oregon Trail Highway #6 ended at the Idaho Border on the Snake River in Ontario.  
1917 Vale-Ontario Area
1917 Ontario and Vale Area Highways
1924
In 1924, the Old Oregon Trail Highway #6 was extended to the Idaho Border on the Snake River in Nyssa. The old route in Ontario was made the Ontario Spur of the Old Oregon Trail Highway #6. At that time, the John Day Highway #5 was truncated back to Cairo Junction.  
1924 Vale-Ontario Area
1924 Ontario and Vale Area Highways
1927 On November 11th, 1926, the American Association of State Highway Officials (AASHO), the predecessors of today's American Association of State Highway and Transpiration Officials (AASHTO), approved the United States Highway Number plan.

US-28   The following Highways had the new US-28 designation:  
1927 US-28 Route
1927 US Route 28
1932 In 1932, The Oregon Highway Department created a State Route System to assist in navigation on State Highways that were not part of the US Route System.

The following route assignments were assigned to John Day Highway #5.

ORE-19   The John Day Highway #5 between Arlington and Ochoco Junction is marked as ORE-19.  
1932 US and Oreong Routes
1932 US and Oregon Routes

US-28   The John Day Highway #5 between Ochoco Junction and Mount Vernon is marked as US-28.  

US-28
ORE-11
  The John Day Highway #5 between Mount Vernon and John Day is marked as US-28 and ORE-11.  

US-28   The John Day Highway #5 between John Day and Vale is marked as US-28.  
 
1939
In 1939, the Oregon State Legislature re-authorized the State Highway System. As a result of that legislation, the following change were made.
1939 Vale-Ontario Area
1939 Ontario and Vale Area Highways

US-28   The John Day Highway #5 is truncated from Cairo Junction back to Vale, and the Central Oregon Highway #7 is extended from Vale to Cairo Junction.  
More to come at a later date.

Highway and Route Junctions
 
Begin
Mile Point
000.00
Arlington
 
Columbia River Highway #2
WEST
I-84 US-30
Mile Point
137.19
WEST
I-80N
1957-1980
EAST
I-84 US-30
Columbia River Highway #2
EAST
I-80N
1957-1980
Mile Point
138.18
ORE-19
 
Mile Point
038.07
Condon
 
W Walnut Street
Wasco-Heppner Highway #300
WEST
ORE-206
Mile Point
040.68
ORE-19 ORE-206
 
Mile Point
038.27
Condon
 
 
E Bayard Street
EAST
ORE-206
Wasco-Heppner Highway #300
Mile Point
040.88
ORE-19
 
Mile Point
058.15
Fossil
 
Washington Street
Shaniko-Fossil Highway #291
WEST
ORE-218
Mile Point
042.95
 
ORE-19
 
Mile Point
078.56
Service Creek
 
Service Creek-Mitchell Highway #390
SOUTH
ORE-207
Mile Point
000.00
 
ORE-19 ORE-207
 
Mile Point
095.56
Spray
 
 
NORTH
ORE-207
Heppner-Spray Highway #321
Mile Point
040.96
ORE-19
 
Mile Point
105.23
Kimberly
 
 
EAST
ORE-402
Kimberly-Long Creek Highway #402
Mile Point
000.00
ORE-19
 
Mile Point
124.17
Ochoco Junction
 
Ochoco Highway #41
WEST
US-26
Mile Point
098.36
WEST
US-28
1927-1952
 
US-26
US-28
1927-1952
 
Mile Point
154.03
Mount Vernon
 
 
N Mountain Boulevard
NORTH
US-395
Pendleton-John Day Highway #28
Mile Point
120.51
NORTH
ORE-11
1933-1935
Beech Creek Highway #401
1931-1966
US-26 US-395
US-28   ORE-11
1927-1952   1933-1935
 
Mile Point
162.92
John Day
 
S Canyon Boulevard
John Day-Burns Highway #48
SOUTH
US-395
Mile Point
000.00
Canyon City-Burns Highway #400
1931-1922
SOUTH
ORE-11
1933-1935
 
US-26
US-28
1927-1952
 
Mile Point
190.67
Austin Junction
 
 
NORTH
ORE-7
Whitney Highway #71
Mile Point
000.00
US-26
US-28
1927-1952
 
Mile Point
210.54
Unity
 
 
NORTH
ORE-245
Dooley Mountain Highway #415
Mile Point
000.00
NORTH
ORE-7
1933-1980
Baker-Unity Highway #13
1917-1980
US-26
US-28
1927-1952
 
End
Mile Point
278.21
Vale
 
Washington Street East
Central Oregon Highway #7
WEST
US-20
Mile Point
246.41 (2)
WEST
ORE-54
1933-1941
"A" Street East
EAST
US-20 US-26
Central Oregon Highway #7
Mile Point
246.39 (1)
EAST
US-28
1927-1952
John Day Highway #5
1921-1929
John Day River Highway #5
1917-1921

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