FORT WORTH — Before red-light cameras, drive-through restaurants and reflective road signs, there was Bankhead Highway.
It was the first coast-to-coast route extending across the southern United States, beginning in 1916 at “mile zero” near the south lawn of the White House and ending in San Diego. The route included about 850 miles in Texas, carving a path that — although it now exists under many different names, including U.S. 80 and Interstate 20 — remains a vital corridor in cities such as Fort Worth and Mineral Wells.
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