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Throwback Thursday - Old postcard celebrates D-FW turnpike

Old post card of the Dallas-Fort Worth Turnpike, now Interstate 30 in Fort Worth, Arlington and Dallas.
Old post card of the Dallas-Fort Worth Turnpike, now Interstate 30 in Fort Worth, Arlington and Dallas. Credit: All-Tom Corp., Arlington

Wednesday isn’t yet over in Dallas-Fort Worth, but heck, it’s already Thursday in Tashkent, Uzbekistan (and a bunch of other places way east of here). Anyway, it’s never too early for a Throwback Thursday, right?

So, for those who love transportation and nostalgia, here’s one to get your Thursday off to a good start ...

It probably didn’t win an award for artistic design, but this old postcard is a fun way to look back at a time when a six-lane road could be considered a “super-highway.” Here’s the text of a caption that appeared in the Star-Telegram in 1999:

“PostCard Dallas-Fort Worth Turnpike -- Day and nite views of the toll gates at opposite ends of this magnificent six lane super-highway linking downtown 'Big D' and 'Cowtown'. Opened in 1957 this 30 mile 58 1/2 million dollar highway is one of the Nation's most modern highways and serves more than 100,000 cards daily. An early-1960's view of the tollway booths at opposite ends of the Dallas-Fort Worth Turnpike, which formally opened Sept. 5, 1957. Until that time the major thoroughfare linking Fort Worth and Dallas was old U.S. 80, a 55-minute gantlet of stoplights along Lancaster Avenue in Fort Worth and Division Street in Arlington. The Turnpike, a 30-mile, six-lane superhighway that cost $58.5 million, helped spur development of Arlington, particularly the Six Flags Over Texas amusement park that opened in 1961. It also propelled the growth of Dallas-Fort Worth into one huge urban agglomerate that became known as the Metroplex. The turnpike, which handled about 100,000 cars per day between downtown Dallas adn downtown Fort Worth, was financed by bonds issued by the Texas Turnpike Authority, created in 1954. The bonds were retired in 1977, when the highway became toll-free and a part of Interstate 30. Credit: All-Tom Corp., Arlington”

For even more nostalgic fun, check out the 8mm video below. Scoot up to 3:45 if you want to quickly see what it looked like to drive through the old turnpike toll plazas. Or, watch the whole thing and enjoy the memories of someone else’s fun summer vacation back in the day in Arlington :-)