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Aledo in Parker County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Bankhead Highway in Aledo

 
 
Bankhead Highway in Aledo Texas Historical Marker image. Click for full size.
By QuesterMark, April 30, 2016
1. Bankhead Highway in Aledo Texas Historical Marker
Inscription. Commonly referred to as the "Broadway of America," the Bankhead Highway linked cities and towns throughout the nation as one of the first transcontinental highways of the 1920s. In the wake of the first World War, the American government sought to ensure proper defense and military transportation through an extensive national highway system. Senator John Hollis Bankhead of Alabama, along with the National Good Roads Congress, organized the Bankhead Highway Association in 1916. This paved the way for modern American tourism, commercial travel and daily transit.

The Bankhead Highway extends more than 900 miles within the state of Texas, from Texarkana to El Paso, totaling about one-third of the National Road's complete length. Initially, the City of Aledo was located one mile south of the Highway, which stretched from east to west through Parker County. The route currently establishes the northern boundary of the future city limits of Aledo.

The segment of the Bankhead Highway which connects Watherford to Aledo, remains the most frequently utilized and longest, continuously-named portion of the entire road. Amidst the growing addition of new housing developments, one can still find remnants of old diary farms, as well as rows of sycamore trees planted in memory of WWI veterans. Today, the Bankhead Highway represents
Bankhead Highway in Aledo Marker in context image. Click for full size.
By QuesterMark, April 30, 2016
2. Bankhead Highway in Aledo Marker in context
an important transitiion from the 19th century to the modern age. It is one of the most significant infrastructure developments in American History, connection people and communities from across the nation.
Marker is Property of the State of Texas

 
Erected 2015 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 18203.)
 
Location. 32° 42.926′ N, 97° 36.05′ W. Marker is in Aledo, Texas, in Parker County. Marker is at the intersection of East Bankhead Highway and Farm to Market Road 1187, on the right when traveling east on East Bankhead Highway. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Aledo TX 76008, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Curzon Place (approx. 10.8 miles away); Fort Worth Army Air Field (approx. 11 miles away); Horace Seaver Carswell, Jr. (approx. 11 miles away); Clark Cemetery (approx. 11.2 miles away); The Dean of Texas Trail Drivers Oliver Loving (1812 - 1867) (approx. 11.7 miles away); Old City Greenwood Cemetery (approx. 11.7 miles away); Parker County, C.S.A. (approx. 11.8 miles away); Franco-Texan Land Company Building (approx. 11.9 miles away).
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 30, 2016, by QuesterMark of Fort Worth, Texas. This page has been viewed 226 times since then and 93 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 30, 2016, by QuesterMark of Fort Worth, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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