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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Howardwick, Texas

 
Clickable Map of Donley County, Texas and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil; HMdb.org; J.J.Prats/dc:title> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Usa_counties_large.svg Donley County, TX (32) Armstrong County, TX (25) Briscoe County, TX (22) Carson County, TX (48) Collingsworth County, TX (15) Gray County, TX (28) Hall County, TX (11) Wheeler County, TX (41)  DonleyCounty(32) Donley County (32)  ArmstrongCounty(25) Armstrong County (25)  BriscoeCounty(22) Briscoe County (22)  CarsonCounty(48) Carson County (48)  CollingsworthCounty(15) Collingsworth County (15)  GrayCounty(28) Gray County (28)  HallCounty(11) Hall County (11)  WheelerCounty(41) Wheeler County (41)
Location of Howardwick, Texas
    Donley County (32)
    Armstrong County (25)
    Briscoe County (22)
    Carson County (48)
    Collingsworth County (15)
    Gray County (28)
    Hall County (11)
    Wheeler County (41)
 
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1Texas (Donley County), Howardwick — "A Cultural Calamity" — Donley County Historic Route 66 Safety Rest Area —
Route 66, known as "The Main Street of America", "The Mother Road" and "The Will Rogers Highway" served as the lifeline for the World War II effort and thousands of families that fled to escape "The Dust Bowl Era". Passage along Route 66 . . . Map (db m163912) HM
2Texas (Donley County), Howardwick — "Crossing Cattle County" — Donley County Historic Route 66 Safety Rest Area —
"Between Shamrock and Amarillo, Route 66 crossed cattle country where four wire gates blocked auto traffic in the 1920's. Travelers had to stop, open each gate, pass through, and close the gate behind them." (From "Along Route 66", by Quinta . . . Map (db m163940) HM
3Texas (Donley County), Howardwick — "Crossing The Native American Nations"
US 66 snakes its way through 2448 miles of the American Midwest and southwest along its journey it crosses many territories of varying scenic terrains. Including in these territories are the lands of many Native American nations. . . . Map (db m163938) HM
4Texas (Donley County), Howardwick — "East-West Connection" — Donley County Historic Route 66 Safety Rest Area —
Completed by 1938, runs a distance of 2448 miles across three time zones, and through eight states: Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California. The original intent was that the alignment would connect the . . . Map (db m163911) HM
5Texas (Donley County), Howardwick — "Gateway To The Southwest" — Donley County Historic Route 66 Safety Rest Area —
For westbound travelers crossing into Texas, Route 66 provided the first glimpses of changes in the landscape and architecture. Buildings of the Southwest featured Adobe, Art Deco, and Mission styles amid landscapes of prairie and . . . Map (db m163923) HM
6Texas (Donley County), Howardwick — "Main Street USA" — Donley County Historic Route 66 Safety Rest Area —
The new Route 66 grew quickly in use and legend and was named "Main Street USA" and "The Mother Road" by travelers who required services never before known. Blacksmith shops became garages, sidewalk gas pumps grew to service stations. Hotel . . . Map (db m163939) HM
7Texas (Donley County), Howardwick — "The Beginning" — Donley County Historic Route 66 Safety Rest Area —
Route 66 was conceived in the mid 1920's by Oklahoma Highway Commissioner Cyrus Stevens Acery and the U.S. Bureau of Public Roads. The vision was of an all-weather paved highway stretching from densely populated Chicago and the Midwest to the . . . Map (db m163910) HM
8Texas (Donley County), Howardwick — "The Bunion Derby" — Donley County Historic Route 66 Safety Rest Area —
The first legendary event to take place along Route 66 was in 1923 when sports promoter C.C Pyle and the US Highway 66 Association promoted a transcontinental footrace that later became known as the Bunion Derby. The race started in . . . Map (db m163930) HM
9Texas (Donley County), Howardwick — "The Convertible And The Open Road" — Donley County Historic Route 66 Safety Rest Area —
Route 66 was finished just as the first wave of new cars came off the post war assembly lines. For many Americans, it symbolized an unparalleled freedom and mobility for every individual who could own and operate an automobile. Route 66 . . . Map (db m163925) HM
10Texas (Donley County), Howardwick — "The Dust Bowl Days" — Donley County Historic Route 66 Safety Rest Area —
Poor agricultural practices and sustained drought throughout the Southern Plains during the 1930's left the land barren of growing crops. Strong winds whipped across the empty fields creating huge black clouds of dust traveling across . . . Map (db m163918) HM
11Texas (Donley County), Howardwick — "The Naming Of Route 66" — Donley County Historic Route 66 Safety Rest Area —
Route 66 was pieced together from rural dirt roads, farm-to-market roads, and by connecting U.S. highways 25, 31, 52, 60, 62 and 150. The name was assigned on November 11, 1926 when state politicians discovered, after a heated debate, that the . . . Map (db m163921) HM
12Texas (Donley County), Howardwick — "Transportation History" — Donley County Historic Route 66 Safety Rest Area —
Route 66 was the first paved road to link the Midwest to the Pacific Coast. Prior to its construction in 1926, there had been no roadway on which anyone in a motor vehicle could easily travel cross-country. Route 66 represents the . . . Map (db m163917) HM
13Texas (Donley County), Howardwick — "Wartime Impact" — Donley County Historic Route 66 Safety Rest Area —
Route 66 was a major lifeline in the single largest wartime manpower mobilization effort in US history. Route 66 provided the rapid transportation of raw materials from the Southwest to the manufacturing facilities of the Midwest and Northeast. . . . Map (db m163935) HM
14Texas (Donley County), Howardwick — Route 66 Timeline
1900's 1903 - W.C. Rogers becomes last elected Cherokee Chief 1910's 1916 - Legislation for public transports 1920's 1926 - US highway 66, first highway to link the Midwest and Pacific Coast is born 1930's 1938 - Route 66 completely . . . Map (db m163949) HM
 
Apr. 16, 2021