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Baird in Callahan County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

The Bankhead Highway

 
 
The Bankhead Highway Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, February 8, 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 in 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 image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, February 8, 2015
2. The Bankhead Highway Marker
in public memory, as do miles of Bankhead pavement from the 1920s.
 
Erected by Bankhead Highway Association.
 
Location. 32° 23.646′ N, 99° 23.244′ W. Marker is in Baird, Texas, in Callahan County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of E. 4th Street (Business Interstate 20) and Cherry Street (U.S. 283), on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is located at the northwest corner of the intersection. Marker is in this post office area: Baird TX 79504, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. First Presbyterian Church of Baird (approx. 0.3 miles away); Baby Treaty Oak (approx. 0.4 miles away); Pioneers (approx. 0.4 miles away); Historic National Bankhead Highway (approx. 0.4 miles away); Callahan County Courthouse (approx. 0.4 miles away); Callahan County War Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); Callahan County (approx. 0.4 miles away); Camp Pecan C.S.A. / Texas Civil War Frontier Defense (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Baird.
 
Also see . . .  Bankhead Highway. A website from the Texas Historical Commission. (Submitted on February 10, 2015.) 
 
Categories. Roads & Vehicles
 
Northwest Corner of E. 4th Street (I-20 Business)<br>and Cherry Street (US 283) image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, February 8, 2015
3. Northwest Corner of E. 4th Street (I-20 Business)
and Cherry Street (US 283)
View to north from E. 4th Street
Western Cattle Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, February 8, 2015
4. Western Cattle Trail Marker
Located near the Bankhead Highway marker, this cement post marks the route of the Western Cattle Trail (Handbook of Texas Online entry)
The Bankhead Highway, now E. 4th Street, Entering Baird image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, February 8, 2015
5. The Bankhead Highway, now E. 4th Street, Entering Baird
View to west from near marker location
The Bankhead Highway, now E. 4th Street, Leaving Baird image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, February 8, 2015
6. The Bankhead Highway, now E. 4th Street, Leaving Baird
View to east from near marker location
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 171 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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