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

Bankhead Highway Through Arlington

Bankhead Highway Through Arlington Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark, October 12, 2013
1. Bankhead Highway Through Arlington Marker
Inscription. The Bankhead Highway, often referred to locally as the “Dallas Pike” east of Center Street and the “Fort Worth Pike” west of that road, played an important role in Arlington's future by connecting it to Dallas, Fort Worth, and the rest of the U.S. The Pike, formerly known as the old Dallas-Fort Worth Road, was actually in use as a Wagon Road long before Arlington was platted. The Road, now Abram Street, being the busiest stretch of Highway in Texas, was designated as State Highway 1, by the Texas Highway Department, which was formed in 1917 to create a state highway system.

In 1920, as part of the “Good Roads” project, the Bankhead Highway system, named for John Willis Bankhead, was designed as a portion of the new National Auto Trail system, running from Washington, D.C. to San Diego. The road mostly followed State Highway 1, and would be built along Division Street in Arlington. The chosen safer route was entirely new construction, 25 feet wide and eight inches thick, covering 5.84 miles from the Dallas County line to the west side of Arlington. By design, rail crossings were eliminated including “Death Crossing” west of town. The Highway was declared open to traffic in Nov. 1922.

Over time, the Highway has expanded and some of its early features no longer exist including
N Center St & E Division St image. Click for full size.
By Mark, October 12, 2013
2. N Center St & E Division St
Johnson Creek Bridge's decorative handrail and a pedestrian underpass at the Masonic Home. In 1926, State Highway 1 was redesigned as U.S. Hwy 80 and again as State Hwy 180 in 1991. The Bankhead Highway opened up business opportunities to many smaller towns along its route, increased commerce between east and west Texas, stimulated automobile transportation, and increased tourism. Overall the Highway was a major factor in transforming Arlington from a small town to a thriving community.
175 Years of Texas Independence * 1836-2011
Marker is property of the State of Texas

Erected 2011 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 16963.)
Location. 32° 44.33′ N, 97° 6.422′ W. Marker is in Arlington, Texas, in Tarrant County. Marker is at the intersection of North Center Street and East Division Street (State Highway 180), on the right when traveling south on North Center Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Arlington TX 76011, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Houston Hitching Block (approx. 0.2 miles away); Carver Dixon King (approx. 0.2 miles away); Booker T. Washington School (approx. 0.4 miles away); Arlington Downs Racetrack and Fountain (approx. 2.3 miles away); Site of Arlington Downs Racetrack (approx. 2.3 miles away); Jesse Chisholm (approx. 3.4 miles away); Site of Bird's Fort (approx. 3.4 miles away); Sloan-Journey Expedition of 1838 (approx. 3.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Arlington.
Regarding Bankhead Highway Through Arlington. There is a factual error. The Bankhead Highway was named after John Hollis Bankhead, not John Willis Bankhead. Despite the date on the marker, it was dedicated Sunday June 23, 2013.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 18, 2013, by QuesterMark of Fort Worth, Texas. This page has been viewed 621 times since then and 58 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 18, 2013, by QuesterMark of Fort Worth, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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