A Brief History
In the 1st half of the 1900s, classic roadways such as the Bankhead Highway and Route 66 were major arteries through Texas, forever altering the development and cultural heritage of the Lone Star State. The Bankhead Highway was one of the nation's earliest transcontinental highways. Its path crossed approximately 850 miles of Texas going from Texarkana to El Paso.
The Bankhead Highway Route and Places of Interest
Bankhead Highway Map. Use your mouse to zoom in and out on the map to see the various alignments. Seen below are some of the places of interest along the Bankhead Highway. For more places of interest, Explore the Bankhead Highway.
Highlights of Bankhead Highway
The Texas section of the Bankhead Highway contains some 2,700 road-related historic resources including auto repair garages, gas stations, diners, tourist camps, auto courts, motels, road markers, paving, traffic signs, and bridges.
We gathered together the best of the resources (National Register Listed, Eligible for the National Register, and Contributing to a District) into an interactive map so you can experience the riches of the Bankhead from your desktop, laptop, or smart phone. Click on the red Explore the Bankhead Highway button above to start your adventure.
If you are interested in seeing all of the surveyed resources, click on the Other Ways to Explore the Bankhead Highway in the right sidebar.
If you like to drive along historic highways, do "mystery tours," or see road-related architecture, the Bankhead Highway brochure gives a brief history of the historic highways in Texas and the Bankhead Highway, along with great images and a map. Order a free print copy of the brochure using our online request form or download a PDF of the brochure now.