Folks, here it is-updated to
2013 with current conditions! Drive
the Broadway of America through the American Southwest.
A 222 full-color page driving guide in spiral bound book form or CD. No wimpy pamphlet here. Included within the
narrative: hundreds of my own photos, postcards and vintage advertisements.
Dozens of mile by mile maps. Folks, thousands of
hours of research, thousands of miles of road-tested directions, and the best
ideas of other drive guides combined have been combined into ONE definitive drive guide for good
ol' Highway 80 - The Bankhead Highway and Broadway of America routings across
the vast, wide-open American Southwest. I'm sure you will have as much fun
reading it and then hitting the road yourself as I have had doing the
explorations and research! By Jeff Jensen.
For a sneak peak, click on the cover image below and I'll give you
8 pages ripped from the book so you can get a feel for how it
is written/constructed. If you're a serious roadie at heart, I'm sure you
will agree that this will be a 'MUST HAVE' addition to your
collection. I think the photos alone are worth it, but then again, I may
be partial to them!
This example and the CD are in Adobe Acrobat. If you do not
have Adobe Acrobat, a
free version can be downloaded here.
Click image for some sample pages!
It's 1920. Roads were
atrocious if they existed at all. In this post WW1 era, the call went out to find the best
all-weather military road to move men and goods from coast to coast, so a
second transcontinental convoy was organized and sent from Washington,
D.C. to find it. Three months and
many speeches later, the convoy finally rolled into downtown San
Diego. Generally following what was known as the Bankhead Highway
and later often called called the Broadway of America, from New Mexico on
west, this old road would eventually be mostly overlaid by U.S.
I've scoured the libraries. I've done
the research and the roadwork. All you have to do now is
enjoy. Come on and see what became of that ol' Broadway of America!
Notes on the format. As the owner
of several travel guides, I've taken what I consider to be the best
features of all of them and combined them into this guide. For
It is designed to be able to be read as a broad overview -
broken up into easily accessible 'tours' with the text a running
narrative of the sights and sounds along the way. If you want
some real 'meat', you can jump off at any time into one of the
accompanying color coded 'factoid' boxes to discover interesting
tidbits of history and the exact 'where is it's' of roadside
attractions and older alignments in the area. This way, one won't
get bogged down in the details...unless they want to!
Diehard roadies can utilize the turn-by-turn maps at the
back of the book for extremely detailed directions that will give one
exact info as to what was where, when and is it
drivable/accessible. These maps are easily read from either
direction: east to west or west to east as I don't use odometer
readings, but landmarks and existing highway mileage markers.
Color coded for easy alignment visualization, a blue line always means
an old auto route and/or original 80, an orange line means the main or
1930's alignment, and a green line always means a circa 1940 and on newer
alignment. At a glance, the evolution of old 80 is yours!
IN COLOR, the whole guide is interspersed with literally hundreds of
my own photographs, vintage advertisements and antique
postcards. Even if you can't hit the road today, you'll almost
feel like you've been there by the time you're through.
Written in detail as if driving in an east to west manner, there is
also a broader west to east narrative.
From the New Mexico/Texas state line to the Pacific ocean, you won't
need another guide to the old Bankhead or U.S. 80 Highways. It's all here.
Book Version is only $35.00 U.S. which includes shipping and handling!*
Arizona residents please add 9.1% sales tax ($3.19).
CD Version is only $15.00 U.S. which includes shipping and handling!*
Arizona residents please add 9.1% sales tax ($1.37)
Get *both* the book and CD for
only $40.00 U.S. which includes shipping and handling!*
Arizona residents please add 9.1% sales tax
*Shipping & handling included in the continental
U.S. All others please e-mail for actual charges.
Payment methods accepted:
held until cleared...Arizona residents please add 9.1% sales tax.
I sincerely believe you will truly enjoy this ride. The liberal
use of my own photography, vintage postcards and old advertisements really gives
one the feeling of 'being there'. The
narrative can be read as an overview, or there's as much detail as one can
handle. The choice is yours. My only real desire is that I hope this
effort 'wakes up' that inner child...stimulates that sense of curiosity and wonder and makes
you get off those super-slabs. Slow down and experience the road as it was meant
to be: an adventure, not just a means of getting from here to there.
Cheers. Good reading and good exploring!
Jeff in Tucson
(You can also find me as Bygonebyways on Facebook!)