Historic National Bankhead Highway

Historic National Bankhead Highway (HM1J5X)

Location: Baird, TX 79504 Callahan County
Country: United States of America

N 32° 23.673', W 99° 23.651'

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Est. 1924

The Baird area was the mid-point of the first all weather two land highway from Savannah, Ga. To San Diego, California. The Naval Division Branch connected Washington D.C. to Norfolk, Virginia.

Named for Alabama Senator John Hollis Bankhead, the ambitious project involved fourteen states from coast to coast. It provided many with badly needed employment in the 1920's and 1930's while creating a dependable route for military convoys.

An important lifeline for towns along its 3,000 mile route, the "Broadway of America" provided the traveler of yesteryear a new adventure - the cross country automobile road trip.

The main Texas route paralleled the Texas and Pacific Railroad from Texarkana to El Paso. In Baird the road traveled past the courthouse, down Market Street one block and continued west on present day Farm Road 18 to Callahan County's western boundary.

Today, the Bankhead Highway is still a thriving main street of many Texas Towns.
HM NumberHM1J5X
Year Placed2009
Placed ByCallahan County Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, February 14th, 2015 at 9:01am PST -08:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)14S E 462927 N 3584238
Decimal Degrees32.39455000, -99.39418333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 23.673', W 99° 23.651'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 23' 40.38" N, 99° 23' 39.06" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)325
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near I-20BUS, Baird TX 79504, US
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