US Route 96 is a strange route in Texas that doesn't have a number describing its north-south nature (north-south routes should have an odd number). US Route 96 follows a north-south alignment from Tenaha and Port Arthur, through Beaumont, along the eastern edge of Texas. Through Beaumont and Port Arthur, US Route 96 is concurrent with US Routes 69 and 287. I don't know why the southern section of all three routes are concurrent along their southern thirty miles; this thirty-mile section really only needs one designation. US Route 96 should probably be renumbered, either by swapping its number with US Route 57 or by giving it the US Route 269 designation since it's so short. The north end in Tenaha is at US Routes 59 and 84. The south end in Port Arthur is at Texas State Highway 87. There's nowhere south of there to go besides the Gulf of Mexico, so I think we can forgive that this US Route ends at a state highway.