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U.S. Highway 16
As of 2004, the highway's eastern terminus is at a junction with Interstate 90, duplexed with I-190, north of Rapid City, South Dakota. The western terminus is the east entrance to Yellowstone National Park.
US-16 route originally connected Detroit, Michigan with Yellowstone, including a ferry link across Lake Michigan between Muskegon, Michigan and Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In Michigan, the route was in use long before automobiles and was known to white settlers as the Grand River Trail. In Michigan, most of US-16 became Interstate 96 and a segment in Detroit became Michigan State Highway 5. US-16 was later decommissioned in Wisconsin, Minnesota and eastern South Dakota to its present termini. Between Rapid City and Dexter, Minnesota, it has been supplanted by Interstate 90. In eastern Minnesota it is now Minnesota State Highway 16 ; in Wisconsin it is now Wisconsin State Highway 16 .
What remains is a route that passes through Cody, Wyoming, Sheridan, Wyoming, Gillette, Wyoming, and Newcastle, Wyoming and gives good access to Mount Rushmore. Between Sheridan and Rapid City, Interstate 90 is a much more direct route.
An "Alternate US 16" passes through Powell, Wyoming; an older Alternate US 16 in South Dakota has become South Dakota State Highway 240 .
US-16 passes through the following states:
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