AUSTIN, Texas —
Whether reliving America’s original road trip or standing on a historic battlefield, two new mobile tours from the Texas Historical Commission (THC) let you plan journeys to see the real places where the real stories of Texas took place during two pivotal periods of time.
Known as the Broadway of America, the Bankhead Highway spanned from San Diego to Washington, D.C., connecting the west and east coasts before creation of the interstate highway system. The Texas portion, covering more than 850 miles between El Paso and Texarkana, features a rich architectural legacy from the early to mid-1900s. The "Historic Bankhead Highway" mobile tour includes videos and vintage photographs from more than 200 sites in 31 cities. Users can explore familiar places like Dallas’ Fair Park and discover classic Americana gems among the diners, cafes, motels, hotels, museums, and attractions along the route.
Before highways and cars appeared on the Texas landscape, the Red River War of 1874 paved the way for development as the U.S. Army sought to relocate nomadic American Indian tribes in the Panhandle region to reservations. From 1998 to 2003, the THC conducted archeological fieldwork that located and unearthed artifacts at six battleground sites, shedding new light on what really occurred during the tense 10-month campaign. The tour, "Red River War of 1874-1875: Clash of Cultures in the Texas Panhandle," allows users to experience the story of the conflict and learn about the archeological discoveries through a series of multimedia tools. The tour has a robust range of images and narrated slideshows, plus self-guided tours to museums and state parks where visitors can view artifacts and visit battlefield sites.
"Historic Bankhead Highway" and "Red River War of 1874-1875: Clash of Cultures in the Texas Panhandle" are free and available at www.TexasTimeTravel.com/get-guides. The tours join the THC’s additional mobile tour, "African Americans in Texas," where users can plan engaging trips to connect with Texas heritage and history.