History of King's Highway 82:
King's Highway 82 was a short connector highway which once linked Highway 7 south of Thedford to Highway 21 at Port Franks. Highway 82 was created out of a major route renumbering which took place in the Forest area in 1938. In an effort to simplify route numbering in the area, Highway 21 was redesignated along a new route via Forest, instead of its old route via Thedford and Arkona. The new Highway 21 route via Forest was previously designated as Highway 21A. Most of the old route of Highway 21 via Arkona was routed concurrently with Highway 7, so the multiplexed Highway 21 designation was simply removed from the route of Highway 7. However, the old section of Highway 21 that ran through Thedford suddenly had no route number. In order to provide a route number for this disjointed section of highway through Thedford, the Department of Highways assigned the King's Highway 82 designation to this short route. Highway 82 was paved in its entirety in 1945.
In 1981, another major route renumbering took place in the Forest area. In yet another effort to simplify route numbering and create better route continuity, Highway 79 was extended north from its old northern terminus near Watford to Highway 21 in Port Franks. In doing so, the Highway 82 designation was removed and replaced by the Highway 79 designation. From a historical standpoint, it seems somewhat ironic that Highway 82 was both created and destroyed by route renumberings, that were intended to "simplify" the confusing highway numbering in this part of Ontario.
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