Bankhead Highway Through Arlington

The Bankhead Highway was one of the nation’s first paved transcontinental highways. It went through 14 southern states and connected Washington, D.C. to San Diego, California. The highway traveled more than 850 miles through Texas, from Texarkana to El Paso, and connected cities and towns in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Arlington especially benefited from the Bankhead Highway, as it helped our city establish its identity.