Monday, June 5, 2017

100 Years of Bankhead Highway History Last Year

From the April 6, 2016, Weatherford (Texas) Democrat "Celebrating 100 years of highway history."

A vintage car convoy will leave April 23 and drive the Bankhead Highway.  The cars are 1920s-1960s American vehicles.  Drivers will dress in appropriate period clothing.

The Bankhead Highway Centennial Celebration is organized by the North Texas Chapter of Antique American Independent Automobile Association.

Aledo will be the first stop, then Weatherford, Milsap and Mineral Wells.

The Bankhead Highway came into being in 1916 as part of the Federal Highway Aid and Highway Act.  U.S. Senator John Hollis Bankhead, of Birmingham, Alabama, was "instrumental" in introducing and passing legislation for it.

It was the first highway to connect the District of Columbia and San Diego, the southern version of the Lincoln Highway.

'Soon it was a very heavily traveled road.  At one point, it is estimated that one-third of the nation's traffic traveled on it.


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