Tomorrows and Yesterdays…

Dr. Don Newbury

In his 40-year career as a National Weather Service meteorologist, he spent most of his time predicting the near future. As a retiree, he’s studying “the far back,” immersed now in learning of a much-ballyhooed highway a century ago.

Genesis of the latter of Fort Worth’s Dan Smith began with a bike ride on abandoned pavement between Aledo and Weatherford, and discovery of an old “Bankhead Highway” street sign.

His head swimming with questions, Smith began his research, fascinated by one Asa Rountree, an Alabaman. Rountree pushed for construction of the nation’s first coast-to-coast, all-weather highway. By both “hook” and “crook,” he slithered into gatherings he organized in many states. He managed to “keep the pot bubbling” for a southern highway from Washington, D. C., to San Diego, California….


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