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SHSC Historical Marker Central National Road 1844

Description: Photograph of an SHSC (State Historical Survey Committee) marker commemorating the Central National Road started by the Republic of Texas in 1844. The road beagan at the mouth of the Elm Fork of the Trinity River, passed through Milam County and downtown Paris, Texas, where this marker is placed at Union Station west of the downtown area. Text of the marker reads: "Central National Road of the Republic of Texas. Designed as a military highway, intended to make linkage with United States military road built to the north of the Red River in the 1820's. This was part of the national effort of Republic of Texas to open a good road system. Congress in 1839 passed a bill for a road east from Washington-on-the-Brazos to the Sabine River; 1841 legislation called for a road from the Nueces to the Red River and another from Austin to Santa Fe, New Mexico. The Central National Road was created in 1844, to reach from mouth of the Elm Fork on the Trinity to Kiomatia Crossing on the Red. It went down a main street in Paris, which was founded in 1844; near its south end was the 1841 John Neely Bryan home, around which the city of Dallas originated. Major George W. Stell surveyed the 130-mile route. Plans called for a road 30 feet wide and a clear of tree stumps over 12 inches high. For each mile of road built (including bridges), grants of 160 acres of public lands were offered. Commissioners were Roland W. Box, Harrison county; James Bradshaw, Nacogdoches County; William M. Williams and Jason Wilson, Lamar County; John Yeary, Fannin County. The route is roughly followed by later roads. (1968)"
Date: November 13, 2008
Creator: Bell, Jim
Partner: Private Collection of Jim Bell

A Partial Map of Dallas Showing the Route of the National Road and the Old Preston-Austin Road

Description: Partial map of Dallas, Texas, showing the routes of the 1844/45 Central National Highway and the Old Preston-Austin Road. The map titled "Map of the Central National Road of the Republic of Texas" shows the entire route from Dallas, Texas, to Kiomatia, on the bank of the Red River. The map below shows the route in Dallas County, overlaid on major streets. Map includes towns, roads and highways, creeks, rivers, railroads, channels, and county lines.
Date: unknown
Creator: Blair, Betty Jo
Partner: Hardin-Simmons University Library

[Historic Marker Application: A.S. Mason House]

Description: Application materials submitted to the Texas Historical Commission requesting a historic marker for the A.S. Mason House, in Williamson, Texas. The materials include the inscription text of the marker, original application, narrative, and photographs.
Date: May 5, 1983
Creator: Texas Historical Commission
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Partner: Texas Historical Commission

Legacies: A History Journal for Dallas and North Central Texas, Volume 25, Number 2, Fall 2013

Description: Semiannual publication "devoted to the rich history of Dallas and North Central Texas" as a way to "examine the many historical legacies--social, ethnic, cultural, political--which have shaped the modern city of Dallas and the region around it." This issue is the "25th Anniversary Issue."
Date: Autumn 2013
Creator: Dallas Historical Society
Partner: Dallas Historical Society

Legacies: A History Journal for Dallas & North Central Texas, Volume 27, Number 1, Spring 2015

Description: Semiannual publication "devoted to the rich history of Dallas and North Central Texas" as a way to "examine the many historical legacies--social, ethnic, cultural, political--which have shaped the modern city of Dallas and the region around it." This issue focuses on "New Directions."
Date: Spring 2015
Creator: Hazel, Michael V.
Partner: Dallas Historical Society