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Roscoe in Nolan County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

The Bankhead Highway

 
 
The Bankhead Highway Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, January 20, 2015
1. The Bankhead Highway Marker
Inscription. The Bankhead National Highway, from Washington, D.C. to San Diego, California, was the nationís first all-weather, coast-to-coast highway. The southern road skirted the western mountains and was largely free from ice and snow, so it could be used reliably year-round. It was named for Alabama Senator John H. Bankhead, author of the Federal Highway Act of 1916, which provided federal aid to states for highway construction.
†††††An “All Texas” route from Texarkana to El Paso was approved when the Bankhead Highway Association met at Mineral Wells in April, 1919. A few branches were also approved. The primary route coincided with Texas Highway No. 1. About 900 miles long, the Texas 1 Bankhead comprised nearly one-third of the total length of the national road.
†††††The Texas Bankhead became part of the route known as the “Broadway of America.” After numbers replaced names on national highways in 1926, the Bankhead route from Texarkana became part of US-67 to Dallas, where it joined US-80. Those federal highways were often realigned and by the 1960s gave way to Interstates 30 and 20 (which merged with I-10 in far West Texas).
†††††Despite the changes, most of the early Bankhead in Texas remains as state and county roads that connect the towns which the interstates by-passed. The Bankhead name lives on
The Bankhead Highway Marker in Memorial Park image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, January 20, 2015
2. The Bankhead Highway Marker in Memorial Park
in public memory, as do miles of Bankhead pavement from the 1920s.
 
Erected by Bankhead Highway Association.
 
Location. 32° 26.753′ N, 100° 32.303′ W. Marker is in Roscoe, Texas, in Nolan County. Marker is at the intersection of Broadway Street and Cypress Street, on the right when traveling west on Broadway Street. Click for map. Marker is located in Memorial Park at the northeast corner of the intersection. Marker is in this post office area: Roscoe TX 79545, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Roscoe Veterans Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Roscoe, Snyder & Pacific Railway (a few steps from this marker); George Parks (a few steps from this marker); Roscoe Cemetery (approx. 1.2 miles away); W.A.S.P. Training Base: Avenger Field (approx. 3.9 miles away); Women Airforce Service Pilots (approx. 4 miles away); Sweetwater Cemetery (approx. 6.8 miles away); Trammell House (approx. 7.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Roscoe.
 
Also see . . .  Bankhead Highway. A website from the Texas Historical Commission. (Submitted on January 28, 2015.) 
 
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Looking Down the Bankhead Highway,<br>now Broadway Street image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, January 20, 2015
3. Looking Down the Bankhead Highway,
now Broadway Street
View to the west. The Bankhead Highway was known as the "Broadway of America".
Markers and Memorials in Memorial Park image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, January 20, 2015
4. Markers and Memorials in Memorial Park
Park is located at the northeast corner of the intersection of Broadway Street and Cypress Street
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 277 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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