The Bankhead Highway in Texas
History buffs and preservationists have a treat in store on Thursday, October 9 at 6:30 P.M. at the Abilene Public Library, 202 Cedar. Author and historian Dan Smith will be presenting a fascinating, free program on the Bankhead Highway. Smith first encountered the Bankhead Highway as a boy while bicycling on back roads in Parker County near Aledo. Years later, his curiosity unabated, Smith began doing research on Texas Highway No. 1 and soon realized the significance of the nation’s first all-weather transcontinental highway. All Abilene Public Library locations have copies of his new book “The Bankhead Highway in Texas” available for checkout. Smith’s book “adds to the documentation of one of America’s most significant early highways. It also provides a guide to the earliest Bankhead route across the state. All along the way are remarkable stories yet to be told about the people who built and traveled the long road.” Of course, the Bankhead Highway passed right through Abilene, and Smith would love to see any pictures or hear any stories Abilenians might have about the highway, so you are invited to bring them to this program. For more information, contact the Main Library at 325-676-6025.