Alabama Bronze Map

A Guide to the Images of the Bronze Map on the Lawn of the Alabama Department of Archives and History

image from Bronze Map: 'John H. Bankhead: Father of the U.S. Highway System'


66. John H. Bankhead: Father of the U.S. Highway System

Jasper, Walker County


A major political figure in Alabama, John Hollis Bankhead held several state offices and served in the U.S. House and Senate, where he became known as an advocate for good roads and interstate automobile travel. The cross-country Bankhead Highway, which ran from Washington, D.C. to San Diego (and through Bankhead's hometown of Jasper), was one of America's first two transcontinental highways.