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Bankhead Highway / Re: Bankhead route in Arkansas
« on: June 15, 2013, 06:42:17 PM »
Map number 45.

This is the Texarkana 7.5-minute quad from 1954 (revised 1975). The 1909 and 1954 15-minute quads, and the 1954 7.5-minute quad were available, and I consulted them to see the early alignment of US 67, which was the Bankhead. North is to the up and to left on this map, so up is northeast.

This shows Texarkana, Arkansas and Texas.


According to both the Locke and Dunn guides, the Bankhead highway followed Broad Street into downtown Texarkana. It then went north on Texas Blvd, which at that time was still Maple Street. The 1928 ACSC strip map shows a route approximately parallel to the current routes of US 67, 71, and 82, which travel on 8th Street (MLK Blvd) westbound and 7th Street eastbound. The 1928 map moves off the Bankhead route along 9th Street (as did US 67). It then went west on 7th Street (eastbound only now) and turned south on Hickory Street to 6th Street. It followed 6th Street west to the large traffic circle around the Federal building, and went along it to 5th Street. it then followed 5th Street to Texas Blvd. This is shown highlighted in green on the map.


Red = Dunn guide. Black mileage = Locke guide. Green = 1928 ACSC strip map mileages.


    


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Bankhead Highway / Re: Bankhead route in Arkansas
« on: June 15, 2013, 06:21:42 PM »
Map number 44.

This is the Mandeville 7.5-minute quad from 1952 (revised 1975). The 1952 quad is available, and I consulted it to see the pre-1954 alignment of US 67, which was the Bankhead. North is to the up and to left on this map, so up is northeast.

This shows the small town of Mandeville east of Texarkana.


Early US 67 with pavement and bridges from about 1929 runs parallel to current (1954) US 67, then veers south to reach the town of Mandeville. It returns back to current US 67 after about 3 miles, but it then is largely subsumed by the wide berm of US 67 all the way into Texarkana. A few traces may remain between the current highway and the railroad line.


Red = Dunn guide. Black mileage = Locke guide. Green = 1928 ACSC strip map mileages.


     


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Bankhead Highway / Re: Bankhead route in Arkansas
« on: June 15, 2013, 06:12:39 PM »
Map number 43.

This is the Homan 7.5-minute quad from 1951 (revised 1970). The 1951 quad is available, and I consulted it to see the pre-1954 alignment of US 67, which was the Bankhead. North is to the up and to left on this map, so up is northeast.

This shows the small towns of Homan, Clear Lake Junction, and Paup between Fulton and Texarkana.


Early US 67 with pavement and bridges from about 1929 runs parallel to current (1954) US 67 for the entire length of the map. Interstate 30 has caused a realignment of AR 108, so it's original junction point has shifted east half a mile. The original junction appears on the 1951 map, but almost no trace now remains on the ground.


Red = Dunn guide. Black mileage = Locke guide. Green = 1928 ACSC strip map mileages.


    

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Bankhead Highway / Re: Bankhead route in Arkansas
« on: June 14, 2013, 08:12:52 PM »
Map number 42.

This is the Fulton 7.5-minute quad from 1951 (revised 1970). The 1951 quad is avaialble, and I consulted it to see the pre-1954 alignment of US 67, which was the Bankhead west of the Red River. North is to the left on this map, so up is east.

This shows Fulton, Arkansas, the small former site of Clipper, and a few miles of area to the west.


The Bankhead Highway and pre-1931 US 67 traveled on the north side of the railroad after crossing the Fulton Ferry. The new US 67 bridge was constructed in 1931. The map shows the likely location of the ferry crossing and the highway path (shown highlighted in red). Traces of this road appear to exist in several places, and two of the maps show the highway crossing a "dike" or "levee." The place where this crossing occurred is still visible.
To the west of the dike, and continuing on all the way to the outskirts of Texarkana is original US 67 pavement. The current wider alignment dates to 1954. The old alignment starts out on the north side of the current highway, then at Clipper it switches to the south side of the road. Approaching Texarkana, this road finally veers southwest away from current US 67.


Red = Dunn guide. Black mileage = Locke guide. Green = 1928 ACSC strip map mileages.



     

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Bankhead Highway / Re: Bankhead route in Arkansas
« on: June 14, 2013, 05:21:08 PM »
Map number 41.

This is the Fulton 7.5-minute quad from 1951 (revised 1970). A very small section of the McNab 7.5 minute quad is also included. North is to the left on this map, so up is east.

This shows the Fulton, Arkansas, and a few miles of area to the east.


The highway was cut and made discontinuous by I-30. A connecting route, shown in orange, can be made via CR 189.
The route through Fulton is uncertain. I can find no maps predating the building of the new 1931 bridge across the Red River. All three maps, the 1928 ACSC map, the Dunn guide, and the Locke guide, show a jog to the north, probably on AR 355 (Mount-Prairie). However, the evidence of a curved corner at AR 355 and Ogan Street, and what seems to be a path down to the Red River from Ogan, makes me think that was the path. It's possible, however, that the ferry was reached from Jefferson Street, which has a longer extension to the west than other streets.
In any event, the highway crossed north of the rail line, not south of it as US 67 does. It stayed on the north side, running on a causeway. I'll show what I think was the path of this road on the next map.

Red = Dunn guide. Black mileage = Locke guide. Green = 1928 ACSC strip map mileages.


     

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Bankhead Highway / Re: Bankhead route in Arkansas
« on: June 13, 2013, 11:47:46 AM »
Map number 40.

This is the Sheppard 7.5-minute quad from 1951 (revised 1978). North is to the upper left on this map, so up is approximately east-northeast.

This shows the rural area west of Hope, Arkansas.


Red = Dunn guide. Black mileage = Locke guide. Green = 1928 ACSC strip map mileages.


     


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Bankhead Highway / Re: Bankhead route in Arkansas
« on: June 12, 2013, 12:02:39 PM »
Map number 39.

This is the Hope 7.5-minute quad from 1951. North is to the upper left on this map, so up is approximately northeast.

This shows the area of Hope, Arkansas.


The Locke and Dunn maps are nearly identical for this section. However, the 10.1 and 10.6 Dunn mileage numbers must be wrong for those points. The corresponding mileage points on the Locke guide are correct. Conversely, the roads on the east side of Hope seem to be drawn incorrectly in the Locke guide, while the Dunn map is quite accurate as to both road path and mileages. The path through Hope is shown as a red track.
The depot shown in the guides is still present, and not serves as a museum and visitor center. Three blocks to the west is the boyhood home of President Bill Clinton.
A couple of jogs occurred on the west side of Hope that connected A Street to B Street. This connection is now made by "Pond Street", but likely had the nature of a couple steps in the past.


Red = Dunn guide. Black mileage = Locke guide. Green = 1928 ACSC strip map mileages.



    

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Bankhead Highway / Re: Bankhead route in Arkansas
« on: June 11, 2013, 07:46:48 PM »
Map number 38.

This is the Emmet 7.5-minute quad from 1973. North is to the upper left on this map, so up is northeast.

This shows the area of Emmet, Arkansas. This is between Prescott and Hope.


Some traces of old road seem to occur adjacent to US 67. There may be old pavement on either side of the creek crossings on the south side of the highway. There is definitely an old road curve on the north side of US 67 where it bends at a creek crossing. this older road path had a sharper curve. The original creek bridge appears to be gone.

Between Emmet and Hope, the old highway path did not follow US 67, which is more direct. Instead it curved well north along Arkansas SR 299, SR 174, and Hempstead CR 4.


Red = Dunn guide. Black mileage = Locke guide. Green = 1928 ACSC strip map mileages.


     

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Bankhead Highway / Re: Bankhead route in Arkansas
« on: June 11, 2013, 06:27:51 PM »
Map number 37.

This is the Prescott West 7.5-minute quad from 1970. North is to the left on this map, and up is east.

This shows the area southwest of Prescott, Arkansas. It includes the most of the town of Prescott.

The 1928 ACSC map shows a path in Prescott with a jog to the north. It seems as if the highway turned north at Monson Street, then followed 2nd Street west, rather than 1st Street. It then jogged south again, likely on Main Street. I have no idea why this route is shown.
The eastern section of CR 48 is no longer a through road. The orange route shown will need to be used as a detour. The zigzag route shown was likely the path of 1920s US 67, as it is shown on the 1928 ACSC map.


Red = Dunn guide. Black mileage = Locke guide. Green = 1928 ACSC strip map mileages.


    

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Bankhead Highway / Re: Bankhead route in Arkansas
« on: June 11, 2013, 06:16:02 PM »
Here's the Dunn guide map for Prescott to Texarkana.


   



And here is the 1928 Automobile Club of Southern California strip map covering Prescott to Texarkana. I turned it to fit, and to give the same orientation as the Dunn guide.


     

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Bankhead Highway / Re: Bankhead route in Arkansas
« on: June 10, 2013, 08:13:00 PM »
Map number 36.

This is the Prescott East 7.5-minute quad from 1970. North is to the left on this map, and up is east.

This shows the area northeast of Prescott, Arkansas. It includes the small town of Boughton.


Nea the junction with US 67, the 1928 ACSC strip map route takes a different path. This was likely the 1928 route of US 67. This path is shown with green arrows. The Bankhead Highway, as show on both the Dunn and Locke guides, crossed the rail line 0.9 miles west of Boughton. There is no trace of this road in aerial images, but it is still shown on the 1936 Arkansas state highway map for Nevada County. Since this is no longer a through route, a detour to US 67 will need to be made via CR 222. This is shown with orange arrows.

The Locke path on the southeast side of Prescott seems to show a railroad crossing right after the road intersects with Wildcat Road. Dunn, however, shows a slight jog north, then a path west along the south side of the rail line. This is shown as a dashed red line on the map.


Red = Dunn guide. Black mileage = Locke guide.


     


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Bankhead Highway / Re: Bankhead route in Arkansas
« on: June 10, 2013, 05:28:24 PM »
Map number 35.

This is the Okolona South 7.5-minute quad from 1970. North is to the left on this map, and up is east.

This shows the area about half way between Gurdon and Prescott, Arkansas. It centers on the Little Missouri River.


Several old disused sections leave and return to the AR 51 route. The 1908 bridge over the Little Missouri River is no longer passable. Part of the structure has collapsed, and much of the deck is now missing. A detour, shown in orange, will need to be taken to bypass this section, and to reach both spur sections of the Bankhead Highway. The bridges on US 67 clearly show that the road was constructed in 1931. Several bridges from that date occur in this section. This means that the Bankhead route shown (also shown as the 1928 route on the auto club strip map) was US 67 prior to 1931.


Red = Dunn guide. Black mileage = Locke guide. Green = 1928 ACSC strip map mileages.


     

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Bankhead Highway / Re: Bankhead route in Arkansas
« on: June 10, 2013, 09:41:58 AM »
Map number 34.

This is the Gurdon 7.5-minute quad from 1970.

This shows the area west of Gurdon, Arkansas, near the small town of Beirne.


The small McNeeley Creek pony truss bridge is a nice little 1923 bridge with wooden planking for the deck.

Red = Dunn guide. Black mileage = Locke guide. Green = 1928 ACSC strip map mileages.


    

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Bankhead Highway / Re: Bankhead route in Arkansas
« on: June 09, 2013, 05:04:04 PM »
Map number 33.

This is a section of the Gurdon 7.5-minute quad from 1970.

This shows the area of Gurdon, Arkansas.


The 1928 ACSC strip map shows a store just north of the railroad crossing in Smithton. The foundations of what appears to be a store, and possibly cabins, exist in this location on the east side of the road.
Both the Locke and Dunn guides seem to indicate a path along Cherry Street and North 1st Street in Gurdon. The turn west is just after the cemetery, and the mileages work out well. A small culvert with very old looking cement rails is located on 1st Street just southwest of Maple Street. A one block section of 1st adjacent to the depot is one way only, northeast bound. If heading west, one would need to use Walnut and 2nd Street.
Gurdon is the founding home of the International Concatenated Order of Hoo-Hoo (1892), a fraternal organization for people in the forestry industry. It sounds like a fun bunch of people. The CEO is called the "Snark of the Universe." A headquarters building is on Main Street.
After crossing the tracks, an immediately left onto Front Street is made. This road eventually becomes Old Gurdon Highway.

Red = Dunn guide. Black mileage = Locke guide. Green = 1928 ACSC strip map mileages.


    


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Bankhead Highway / Re: Bankhead route in Arkansas
« on: June 09, 2013, 11:48:07 AM »
Map number 32.

This is a section of the Curtis 7.5-minute quad from 1970, and the Gurdon 7.5-minute quad also from 1970.

This shows the area of between Arkadelphia and Gurdon, Arkansas, near the small town of Curtis.

The Locke and Dunn route merge together on the northwest corner of this map.
A large number of historic bridges occur in this section. Time is likely running out on most of these, as they are in poor structural condition, and will likely be replaced soon. The Caney Creek pony truss has already been replaced.


Red = Dunn guide. Black mileage = Locke guide. Green = 1928 ACSC strip map mileages.





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