“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Dallas in Dallas County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Central National Road

Central National Road Marker image. Click for full size.
By Steve Gustafson, January 5, 2007
1. Central National Road Marker
Inscription. During the early days of the Republic of Texas, settlers and pioneers coming from the United States entered Texas by crossing the Red River in Northwest Red River County. On the north side of that crossing was the terminus of a U.S. Military Highway. In 1844, the Congress of the Republic of Texas appointed a commission to lay out a road connecting the crossing on the Red River to the Trinity River in Central Dallas County. Surveyed by George W. Stell (1793-1870), the 130-mile road was to be thirty feet wide, with bridges at least fifteen feet wide, and all tree stumps cut within twelve inches of the ground. Congress named the new route the Central National Road.
Passing through Lamar, Fannin, Hunt, Collin, and Rockwall counties, the road's terminus in Dallas intersected with the Preston Road (1,000' NNW), which had been opened in 1840 by a group of Texas soldiers under Col. William G. Cooke (1808-1847) to connect the Red River and Austin.
The Central National Road, via its intersection in Dallas with the Preston-Austin Road, connected north and south Texas, creating greater access for pioneers to settle in all areas of the Republic.
Texas Sesquicentennial 1836-1986

Incise on base: Sponsored by Thomas J. Rusk Chapter of the Sons of the Republic of Texas
Erected 1986 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 6649.)
Location. 32° 46.975′ N, 96° 48.428′ W. Marker is in Dallas, Texas, in Dallas County. Marker is at the intersection of Munger Avenue and Market Street, on the right when traveling west on Munger Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 808 Munger Avenue, Dallas TX 75202, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Formerly The Texas School Book Depository Building (approx. ¼ mile away); Dallas County Records Building (approx. ¼ mile away); John Neely Bryan and Margaret Beeman Bryan (approx. ¼ mile away); John F. Kennedy Memorial Plaza (approx. ¼ mile away); Dealey Plaza (approx. ¼ mile away); Kennedy Assassination Route (approx. 0.3 miles away); Dealey Plaza National Historic Landmark (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Grassy Knoll (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dallas.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 20, 2010, by Steve Gustafson of Lufkin, Texas. This page has been viewed 1,637 times since then and 6 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on March 20, 2010, by Steve Gustafson of Lufkin, Texas. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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