Dixie Overland Highway Historical

Dixie Overland Highway Historical (HM1T10)

Location: Forney, TX 75126 Kaufman County
Country: United States of America

N 32° 44.876', W 96° 28.329'

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(U.S. Highway 80)

In the early 20th century, soon after the development of the automobile, travelers, city officials and others began planning for a network of paved overland routes. In the era before the advent of the interstate highway system, road associations provided the vision and the promotion, and states and municipalities provided necessary capital. Early results were piecemeal and inconsistent, but the Good Roads Movement, the National Highway Association and similar organizations continued efforts to improve routes on a national scale. In 1914, the Automobile Club of Savannah, Georgia, proposed an "all-seasons" route stretching from its home base to Los Angeles. Interested towns and parties formed the Dixie Overland Highway Association (DOHA), with offices in Columbus, Georgia. The route, which passed through 75 U.S. counties, including Kaufman, was partially opened by the 1920s, with the western terminus later changed to San Diego.

Along the route, travelers met significant obstacles, including what was known as the Forney Gap. Forney's portion of the road entered the city east of Mustang Creek and crossed through town, past the service stations and other businesses that opened to serve travelers. On the west side of town, as the landscape slopes downward to the floodplain of the East Fork of the Trinity River, the paved road stopped, leaving a slippery, muddy hill and a frequently flooded roadway. Despite such obstacles, DOHA's president, in a publicity stunt, made the length of the highway in record time in October 1926, traveling from San Diego to Savannah in just over 71 hours. Two months later, much of the highway became U.S. Highway 80. Its role as a primary interstate route was later superseded by Interstate 20.

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HM NumberHM1T10
Year Placed2005
Placed ByTexas Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, July 14th, 2016 at 9:04am PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)14S E 736842 N 3626170
Decimal Degrees32.74793333, -96.47215000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 44.876', W 96° 28.329'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 44' 52.56" N, 96° 28' 19.74" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)972, 214, 469
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 204 S Bois D Arc St, Forney TX 75126, US
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