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Miles and Miles of Texas 100 years of the Texas Highway Department

Miles and Miles of Texas

Miles and Miles of Texas:
100 Years of the Texas Highway Department
by Carol Dawson and Roger Allen Polson
published by Texas A&M Press to be featured at Texas Book Festival

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On the eve of its centennial, Carol Dawson and Roger Allen Polson present more than 100 years of history in words and images that track the development of the Texas Highway Department in a new book, Miles and Miles of Texas: 100 Years of the Texas Highway Department. There will be a panel discussion with Polson and Dawson moderated by James Bass, the current executive director of the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), at 11 a.m., Sunday, November 6, 2016 at the Texas Book Festival in Austin, Capitol Extension Room E1.026. (www.texasbookfestival.org)

Engineered by Roger Allen Polson and researched and written by renowned author Carol Dawson, Miles and Miles of Texas covers more than four centuries of Texas history through the lens of the land, the trails, the road development and infrastructure. Included are over 350 photographs, many never before published.

The initial vision and production values were masterminded by Polson who worked for TxDOT as Deputy Director of Public Communications and was the TxDOT Commission Coordinator. Photo editing is by Geoff Appold former head of audio visual production for TxDOT and … Willie Nelson wrote the foreword!

Dawson’s sprawling narrative starts with neolithic game trails that have evolved into our major highways and Interstates, though the book focuses in particular on the 100-year history of the Texas Highway Department (now known as TxDOT). From its infant struggles through the snarls of political corruption, to the challenges facing its engineers as they tackled the largest and most difficult tracts of roadless territory in the lower forty-eight states, to the present day of conflict, controversy, and magnificent achievement, the Texas Highway Department has proven its integrity, ingenuity, and innovative intelligence on an international scale. The story of a civilization’s roads is essentially the story of the civilization, and Texas is no exception.

-Enjoy a sneak peek at a couple of the photos you can expect to see in the book-

Two workers employee a creative technique to get a department vehicle out of a sticky spot. Texas Department of Transportation Library.

Two workers employee a creative technique to get a department vehicle out of a sticky spot. Texas Department of Transportation Library.

 

During this 1938 inspection tour, a roadside park drew the interest of a herd of goats. Texas Department of Transportation Library.

During this 1938 inspection tour, a roadside park drew the interest of a herd of goats. Texas Department of Transportation Library.

 

 

 

 

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