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

Historic National Bankhead Highway

Est. 1924

 
 
Historic National Bankhead Highway Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, February 8, 2015
1. Historic National Bankhead Highway Marker
Inscription. The Baird area was the mid-point of the first all weather two land highway from Savannah, Ga. to San Diego, California. The Naval Division Branch connected Washington D.C. to Norfolk, Virginia.

Named for Alabama Senator John Hollis Bankhead, the ambitious project involved fourteen states from coast to coast. It provided many with badly needed employment in the 1920's and 1930's while creating a dependable route for military convoys.

An important lifeline for towns along its 3,000 mile route, the “Broadway of America” provided the traveler of yesteryear a new adventure – the cross country automobile road trip.

The main Texas route paralleled the Texas and Pacific Railroad from Texarkana to El Paso. In Baird the road traveled past the courthouse, down Market Street one block and continued west on present day Farm Road 18 to Callahan County’s western boundary.

Today, the Bankhead Highway is still a thriving main street of many Texas towns.
 
Erected 2009 by Callahan County Historical Commission.
 
Location. 32° 23.673′ N, 99° 23.651′ W. Marker is in Baird, Texas, in Callahan County. Marker is at the intersection of 4th Street (Business Interstate 20) and
1927 Federal Aid - Primary Highway System Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, February 8, 2015
2. 1927 Federal Aid - Primary Highway System Marker
Market Street, on the right when traveling west on 4th Street. Click for map. Marker is located on the grounds of the Callahan County Courthouse. 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. Pioneers (a few steps from this marker); Callahan County War Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Baby Treaty Oak (a few steps from this marker); Callahan County (a few steps from this marker); Callahan County Courthouse (a few steps from this marker); Camp Pecan C.S.A. / Texas Civil War Frontier Defense (within shouting distance of this marker); First Presbyterian Church of Baird (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); First Callahan Jail (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Baird.
 
Also see . . .  Bankhead Highway in Texas. A website from the Texas Historical Commission. (Submitted on February 14, 2015.) 
 
Categories. Roads & Vehicles
 
Markers on Grounds of Callahan County Courthouse image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, February 8, 2015
3. Markers on Grounds of Callahan County Courthouse
The Bankhead Highway, now E. 4th Street image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, February 8, 2015
4. The Bankhead Highway, now E. 4th Street
View to east from Callahan County Courthouse
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 196 times since then and 23 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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