The BOA thru the SW
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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. 80.  

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 example:


 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 ($3.64)

*Shipping & handling included in the continental U.S.  All others please e-mail for actual charges.

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Bygone Byways
7639 W. Desert Spirits Dr.
Tucson, AZ 85743

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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
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