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Drive the Broadway of America: The U.S. 80 and Bankhead Highways Across the American Southwest. 8.5X Spiral-bound – 2010

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Product Details

  • Spiral-bound: 222 pages
  • Publisher: Bookmasters; 2nd edition (2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0978625900
  • ISBN-13: 978-0978625900
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #447,471 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Eric J. Beheim on June 3, 2012
Although not as well known as Route 66 or the Lincoln Highway, U. S. Route 80 (aka "The Broadway of America," "The Bankhead Highway" and "The Ocean-to-Ocean Highway") once extended from Tybee Island, Georgia to San Diego, California, covering 2,500 miles and passing through eight states. Despite being rendered obsolete by the interstates, much of old U.S. 80 between Anthony, New Mexico and San Diego can still be driven on today and is waiting to be rediscovered by those highway enthusiasts (i.e. "roadies") looking for another forgotten highway to explore. To help them in this quest, Jeff Jensen has written the ultimate traveler's guide to Highway 80 through the American Southwest. Unlike some of the other historic highway tour books I have read, Jeff's meticulously researched guide has been written and organized with driving convenience in mind, giving travelers the option to explore as much (or as little) of old U.S. 80 as they wish. The book is organized as a series of short tours, which, taken as a whole, cover the entire distance between Anthony and San Diego, driving from east to west. Each tour section includes a detailed map showing U.S. 80's various alignments (which are conveniently color coded), information about what travelers will be seeing, historical facts about older alignments and bypassed segments, brief descriptions of not-to-be-missed roadside attractions and optional sightseeing opportunities within a given tour area, information about road conditions (particularly useful for those who wish to explore long-abandoned sections of the road that have fallen into disrepair), and "bail points," where travelers can return to the interstate. Each tour is lavishly illustrated with color images - photos, vintage post cards, old road map graphics, etc.Read more ›
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This book is a fun read. It is full of details about the Broadway of America in the West. It is full of "Factoids"
and anecdotes about the evolution of the Bankhead Highway. The pictures and maps are finely printed on
high quality gloss paper and bound in a very easy to use spiral binding. No matter where you live along the
Bankhead or or just interested in early twentieth century American highway lore you need this book in your
collection. If you want a detailed accounting of the politics and tremendous work of actually authorizing and
building the entire coast-to-coast road also get a copy of Dan Smith's "The Bankhead Highway in Texas".
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When I wrote The Old U.S. 80 Highway Traveler's Guide (Phoenix-San Diego) in 1997, nothing else had been written on this worthy old road--the numbered version of The Broadway of America in the West. But Jeff Jensen has written a book that every old road aficionado will drool over with its highly detailed directions (including to some of the most remote sections and multiple alignments of the road), clean-looking maps, and colorful images. He also covers a good, lengthy swath of the old road from New Mexico to California. And the occasional typo here and there does little to distract from the good dose of contagious fun that bleeds through to readers who get their kicks exploring every nook and cranny of a nostalgic highway. Jeff is sure to provide "bail points" for those who don't want to go the distance, but don't write this book off as a piece of fluff. This is die-hard roadie material, designed for those who take their old roads seriously. As one who does, I am glad to have this book on my shelf and pleased to see another author take an interest in a road worthy of more than just one guide.
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Excellent Book! Well researched and written. Now living in Abilene, TX, and spending my working career in El Paso, TX, I have seen many parts of the old road. This takes you back in history and shows readers what the automobile and travel became during the early 1900's. I strongly recommend this for any old "roadies" out there. Well done Jeff.
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