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Old Road Maps of Texas

Last updated 5-July-2001 (add 1938 maps), created 2-March-2001

Due to high detail, maps have very large digital images.
High resolution: crystal clear
Medium resolution: adequate for viewing, but some detail can't be seen
Low resolution: barely legible, only good for getting the basic idea

1938
Source: Humble Oil Roadmap
Houston-DFW-San Antonio Region
High resolution 1092 kB
Low resolution 640 kB
The 1938 map shows a surprisingly large number of highways in place. However, many of the secondary routes are designated as "gravel surfaced" or "graded or unimproved".
East Texas
Medium resolution 555 kB
Notice that US 59 was located in far east Texas, and what is US 59 today was numbered as TX 35 and US 96.
Panhandle/West Texas
High resolution 829 kB
Medium resolution 468 kB
 
South Texas
High resolution 852 kB
Medium resolution 490 kB
There were a large number of dirt roads in south Texas in 1938 (the thin black line roads).
West Central Texas
High resolution 822 kB
Medium resolution 480 kB
 
Map legend 165 kB Note that the designation of "paved or oiled" for the main roads. There are also "gravel surfaced", "graded or unimproved", and "mostly dirt" designations.

1948
Source: Gulf Oil Roadmap
Houston-DFW-San Antonio Region
High resolution 1259 kB
Low resolution 299 kB
The 1948 map shows that just about all the US and secondary highways were in place. No interstates yet, of course.
East Texas
High resolution 1298 kB
Medium resolution 747 kB
In 1948, there were no lakes in east Texas. Lakes Toledo Bend, Sam Rayburn, Livingston, Conroe, Houston, and others were all in the future.
Panhandle
High resolution 726 kB
Medium resolution 416 kB
Of course, Route 66 was still in its original state and had not been swallowed by Interstate 40.
South Texas
High resolution 875 kB
Medium resolution 493 kB
There were no bridges to Padre Island in 1948. The Copano Bay Causeway and Port Aransas Toll Bridge did exist.
West Texas
High resolution 902 kB
Medium resolution 475 kB
 
Map legend 241 kB Note that the heavy red lines are four lane dual highways, not limited access freeways.

1958
Source: Humble Oil Roadmap
Houston-DFW-San Antonio Region
High resolution 1192 kB
Medium resolution 701 kB
Low resolution 299 kB
The beginnings of the interstate network can be seen. The heavy red lines are listed as "dual highways", some of which were limited access, some of which were not. Many future interstate routes near the major urban areas were dual highways by 1958.
West Texas
High resolution 426 kB
Medium resolution 237 kB
Low resolution 106 kB
In 1958 there was no progress on Interstate 10 anywhere in the state of Texas except east of Houston. Much of the future Interstate 20, shown as US 80, had already been upgraded to a dual 4-lane highway.
Map Legend 232 kB  

1961
Source: Enco Roadmap
Houston-DFW-San Antonio Region
High resolution 1175 kB
Medium resolution 689 kB
Low resolution 292 kB
In 1961 the Interstate 35 corridor between Dallas and San Antonio was about 65% complete. The Interstate 45 corridor between Houston and Dallas was about 40% complete, with substantial work in progress in the Huntsville region. There was practically no progress on Interstate 10 between Houston and San Antonio, but construction is shown to be in progress on a short segment near Columbus.
Northeast Texas
High resolution 811 kB
Medium resolution 469 kB
Low resolution 205 kB
Interstate 30 east of Dallas is about 35% complete. Interstate 20 east of Dallas is about 10% complete, but a long segment west of Tyler is shown to be under construction.
Map Legend 145 kB  

1966
Source: Texaco Roadmap
Houston-DFW-San Antonio Region
High resolution 1145 kB
Medium resolution 667 kB
Low resolution 286 kB
By 1966 there was substantial progress on the interstates connecting the major urban areas. The entire Interstate 35 corridor from Dallas to San Antonio was complete, except for one small segment north of Waco that is shown as a 4-lane divided rather than an interstate. Interstate 45 between Houston and Dallas was more than 50% complete, with a large gap remaining between Madisonville and Corsicana. Interstate 10 between Houston and San Antonio is shown as being less than 25% complete.
Northeast Texas
High resolution 1128 kB
Medium resolution 651 kB
This view of northeast Texas shows that Interstate 20 was about 70% complete east of Dallas, and Interstate 30 was about 50% complete east of Dallas.
South Texas
High resolution 920 kB
Medium resolution 532 kB
In 1966 there was a small amount of progress on Interstate 35 between San Antonio and Laredo. There was no progress on Interstate 37 between San Antonio and Corpus Christi. The main roads to the Rio Grand Valley, US 271 and US 71, were two-lane highways.
Panhandle
High resolution 905 kB
Medium resolution 521 kB
Interstate 40 is about 50% complete. Interstate 27 is shown as mostly a 4-lane divided, with none of it at interstate standards.
West Central Texas
High resolution 840 kB
Medium resolution 559 kB
Low resolution 215 kB
In 1966 there was still almost no progress on Interstate 10 west of San Antonio. To the east of this map, only a small section near Boerne is shown as an interstate. In contrast, most of the Interstate 20 corridor was already interstate standards or a 4-lane divided highway.
Far West Texas
High resolution 218 kB
Low resolution 52 kB
In far west Texas, Interstate 10 was in place from El Paso to Van Horn.
Map Legend 125 kB  

1967
Source: Texaco Roadmap
Houston-DFW-San Antonio Region
High resolution 1116 kB
Medium resolution 641 kB
Interstate 10 is now shown as complete from Houston to west of Columbus.
South Texas
High resolution 636 kB
About 40 miles of Interstate 35 are complete north of Laredo. A section of Interstate 37 south of San Antonio is shown as a proposed facility.
Map Legend 125 kB  

1969
Source: Texaco Roadmap
Houston-DFW-San Antonio Region
High resolution 1171 kB
Medium resolution 674 kB
The gaps in Interstate 45 and Interstate 10 are becoming smaller.
South Texas
High resolution 620 kB
Medium resolution 356 kB
Interstate 35 is about 60% complete between San Antonio and Laredo. Work is just starting on Interstate 37.
Panhandle
High resolution 885 kB
Medium resolution 514 kB
Interstate 40 is nearly complete, and interstate 27 is just starting to be upgraded to interstate standards.
West Central Texas
High resolution 816 kB
Medium resolution 475 kB
By 1969, the first sections of Interstate 10 west of San Antonio are open.

1976
Source: Official Texas Travel Map
South Texas
High resolution 719 kB
Medium resolution 408 kB
Low resolution 174 kB
Interstate 35 is about 85% complete between San Antonio and Laredo. Interstate 37 between San Antonio and Corpus Christi is about 50% complete.
West Central Texas
High resolution 693 kB
Medium resolution 399 kB
Low resolution 175 kB
Interstate 20 is nearly complete. Large gaps remain in Interstate 10.
Map Legend 114 kB  

 
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