DFW 1956 (Ashburn Map)

DFW 1956 (Ashburn Map)

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This was the first commercially produced map of DFW as an entire metro area. Previous maps had only included Dallas or Fort Worth at street level, but in 1956 J Foster Ashburn published this metro area map for sale at the Martin New Agency on Holmes Street in Dallas. Dallas and Tarrant counties were featured, with surrounding counties outlined and shaded in green.

Most notable about this map is that it reflected the earliest freeway plan, showing future freeways as dashed red lines. The DFW Turnpike was either shown as proposed, or under construction. There are a few interesting dashed freeway lines that were never constructed, or built way off from the routings shown.

Lake Ray Hubbard was not yet constructed, and Lake Lewisville was still new enough that they did not have time to remove the roadways under it before publication. Lake Lavon was built in 1953-1955 and was not yet full, so its a bit smaller, and Lake Arlington was proposed. Also there appears to have been a ton of US Navy Airfields around Tarrant County, which I’d never seen before.

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