Bankhead Highway in Garland
N 32° 54.777 W 096° 38.225
14S E 720976 N 3644113
Quick Description: The marker on the square in downtown Garland commemorating the Bankhead Highway route in Garland.
Location: Texas, United States
Date Posted: 12/8/2012 10:42:09 AM
Waymark Code: WMFWFQ
This marker is the first historic marker set along the Bankhead Highway after the creation of the Historic TX Highways program, and the designation of the Bankhead Highway as the first Historic Highway in Texas.
The marker was dedicated in a ceremony in downtown Garland in May 2010. Among those present for the marker's dedication were Garland City Councilmembers Laura Perkins Cox (of District 2) and John Willis (of District 5), and State Reps. Allen Vaught and Carol Kent of Garland.
In 2009 Councilmembers Cox and Willis (through whose districts the Bankhead Highway ran) had an idea to highlight the history of the Bankhead highway in Garland to generate historical tourism interest in downtown and along South Garland Avenue. They met with State Reps. Carol Kent and Allen Vaught to discuss this idea. From those meetings, the TX Historic Highways program was born.
State Reps. Kent wrote and filed 2 bills in the Texas House of Representatives: (1) to create the TX Historic Highways program and (2) to designate the Bankhead Highway the first Texas Historic Highway. Rep. Kent and Vaught shepherded the legislation through the Texas House of Representatives and worked with their colleagues in the Senate to pass the same legislation there. Texas Gov. Rick Perry signed the bills into law in 2009.
Jerry Flook and the Landmark Society of Garland did most of the research on the Bankhead through Garland. Much of that work is reflected in the text of the marker itself. The Dallas County Historical Association also deserves thanks for their work getting the marker approved and erected.
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