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1942 Texas, Humble OilLegend
The 1942 highway system was dominated by the US Highway routes. There were no freeways in Texas in 1942; the first freeway in Texas was Houston's Gulf Freeway in September 1948, and the first section of Central Expressway in Dallas opened on August 20, 1949. Humble Oil is now ExxonMobil
DallasMed  Large  This shows the original US Highway alignments
Fort WorthMed  Large  
HoustonMed  Large  
Southeast TexasMed  Large  
San AntonioMed  Large  
AustinMed  Large  
GalvestonLarge  
Corpus ChristiMed  
BeaumontLarge  




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1950 Texas, Humble OilLegend
DallasMed  Large  The first section of Central Expressway (US 75) north of downtown opened in August 1949, but this map does not include the new freeway. US 75 is still shown on Ross and Greenville Avenues.
Fort WorthMed  Large  
Wichita FallsLarge  
North TexasMed  Large  
HoustonMed  Large  This map shows the first section of the Gulf Freeway which opened September 30, 1948.
GalvestonLarge  
BeaumontLarge  
Southeast TexasMed  Large  
San AntonioMed  Large  The first section of freeway on US 87 (now I-10) just northwest of downtown opened in 1949 but is not shown on this map.
AustinMed  Large  Notice that Lake Lady Bird (formerly Town Lake) does not appear on this map. Lake Lady Bird formed after the completion of Longhorn Dam in 1960.
Corpus ChristiLarge  




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1954 Texas, Humble OilLegend
Compared to the 1950 map, this 1954 Humble map greatly expanded coverage of the DFW and Houston metropolitan areas.
Dallas-Fort WorthMed  Large  This shows US 75 Central Expressway under construction in Richardson. That section of freeway opened in 1954 and 1955.
DFW region, DallasMed  Large  
DFW region, Fort WorthMed  Large  
North TexasMed  Large  
HoustonMed  Large  This map shows several planned freeways as dashed lines. The Baytown Tunnel, opened on September 22, 1953, is shown on this map.
Southeast TexasMed  Large  Four-lane divided highways in rural areas were still rare in 1954, with the US 75 between Houston and Galveston (now the Gulf Freeway) the longest sustained length.
Austin and San AntonioMed  Large  The first planned freeways are indicated on these maps. This map includes a detailed view of downtown San Antonio.




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1954 Texas, ChevronLegend
The Chevron map has less detail in the urban areas compared to the Humble map.
Dallas-Fort WorthMed  Large  
North TexasMed  Large  
HoustonMed  Large  
Southeast TexasMed  Large  




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1956 Texas, Humble OilLegend
Dallas-Fort WorthMed  Large  This map shows the Dallas-Fort Worth turnpike under construction
DFW region, DallasMed  Large  
DFW region, Fort WorthMed  Large  
North TexasMed  Large  
HoustonMed  Large  
Southeast TexasMed  Large  
Austin and San AntonioMed  Large  This includes a detailed view of downtown San Antonio




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1957 Texas, GulfLegend
Dallas-Fort WorthMed  Large  This map includes the DFW Turnpike, which opened Aug 27, 1957.
North TexasMed  Large  
Southeast TexasMed  Large  




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1960 Texas, Humble OilLegend
Dallas-Fort WorthMed  Large  This shows the developing freeway network with interstate designations. However, this map does not differetiate between freeway and non-freeway divided highways.
DFW region, DallasMed  
DFW region, Fort WorthMed  
North TexasMed  Large  
HoustonMed  Large  This shows the Southwest Freeway under construction
Southeast TexasMed  Large  
Austin and San AntonioMed  Large  




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1960 Texas, PhillipsLegend
Dallas-Fort WorthMed  This map has less detail than the Humble maps
North TexasMed  Large  
HoustonMed  
Southeast TexasMed  Large  




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1962 Dallas and Forth Worth, Humble Oil
This is a city street map for both Dallas and Fort Worth.
Dallas-Fort WorthMed  Large  This shows several freeways planned or under construction
DFW region, DallasMed  Large  
DFW region, Fort WorthMed  Large  
Central DallasMed  
Downtown Dallas detailMed  
Northwest DallasMed  
North DallasMed  
Northeast DallasMed  
Downtown Fort WorthMed  
Central and east Fort WorthMed  
Southeast Fort WorthMed  
Southwest Fort WorthMed  




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1965 EncoLegend
Dallas-Fort WorthMed  Large  
DFW region, DallasMed  Large  
DFW region, Fort WorthMed  Large  
North TexasMed  Large  This map shows the rapid progress on rural Interstate highway construction surrounding DFW
HoustonMed  Large  This shows substantial progress on Houston's freeways
Southeast TexasMed  Very little of I-10 west of Houston was complete as of 1965.
San AntonioMed  




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1965 United States Interstate System, Esso
As of Spring 1965 the Interstate Highway System was approximately 50% complete.
TexasMed  This shows the status of Interstates in Texas
Arizona, New MexicoMed  
California, NevadaMed  
Colorado, UtahMed  
Pacific NorthwestMed  
Louisiana, MS, AlabamaMed  
Georgia, Florida, SCMed  
Mid Atlantic, PennsylvaniaMed  
New York and New EnglandMed  
Ohio, Indiana, MichiganMed  
Illinios, WI, MI, IA, MOMed  
Kentucky, TN, ARMed  
Montana, WY, ND, SDMed  




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1967 Texas, Sunray DX OilLegend
Dallas Fort WorthMed  
North TexasMed  Large  This shows I-20 east of Dallas complete to the Louisiana border except for a short section near Longview. The section near Longview was completed and dedicated on May 6, 1967.
I-45, Dallas to HoustonMed  This shows a large gap remaining between Madisonville and Richland. The gap was completely closed in October 1971.
HoustonMed  The core freeway system is substantially complete.
Southeast TexasMed  I-10 west of Houston is complete to near Weimar
San AntonioMed  




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1968 Dallas, Mobil
By the late 1960s, many oil company map covers were becoming very plain. Of course, by the early 1970s most oil companies stopped providing free highway maps.
Central DallasLarge  
Downtown DallasLarge  This shows all downtown freeways complete except I-45 and Spur 366 (Woodall Rodgers Freeway)
North DallasLarge  I-635 (LBJ Freeway) west of Central expressway opened in 1967, and the Dallas North tollway opened in 1968.
IrvingLarge  This shows the future location of Texas stadium
Dallas-Fort WorthMed  Large  This map accurately shows the status of freeways in 1968.
DFW region, DallasMed  
DFW region, Fort WorthMed  




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1968 Texas, PhillipsLegend
Dallas-Fort WorthMed  Large  
DFW region, DallasMed  Large  
DFW region, Fort WorthMed  Large  
North TexasMed  Large  Only a few gaps remain in the north Texas interstate system
HoustonMed  Large  This map shows recommended routes to NASA and the Astrodome
Southeast TexasMed  
San AntonioMed  




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1970 Texas, Arco
Dallas-Fort WorthMed  Large  This map shows the Greater Southwest Airport just south of present-day DFW.
DFW region, DallasMed  Large  
DFW region, Fort WorthMed  Large  
North TexasMed  The gaps in rural interstates continue to shrink
Houston CentralMed  Large  This map shows the planned route of the entire Beltway 8 Loop. It also shows the planned southward extension of the West Loop, which was later cancelled and subsequently reinstated as the Fort Bend Parkway toll road. In northeast Houston, the planned route of the US 90 Crosby Freeway is shown. That freeway inside BW 8 began construction in 2006 and remains under construction in 2008.
Houston regionMed  Large  This includes the Galveston Bay areas
Southeast TexasMed  
San AntonioMed  




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1972 Houston
This 1972 Houston map was issued by the Houston Chamber of Commerce, which explains the "City of Tomorrow" designation
Central HoustonLarge  This shows I-10 on the north side of downtown under construction. It opened on May 17, 1972. This map does not show any work in progress on the missing link of US 59, which was just getting started in 1972.
Houston regionMed  Large  




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1973 Texas, Exxon
The great freeway-building binge of the 1960s was over, but there were still plenty of missing links and unbuilt freeways that would need to wait for funding in an era of greatly diminished resources for highway construction. As highway construction slowed, my observation is that map companies updated their maps less frequently and therefore maps were more susception to error. However, this 1973 Exxon map is quite accurate.
Dallas-Fort WorthMed  Large  The freeway systems of Dallas and Fort Worth are substantially complete, but the mid-cities are is still largely devoid of freeways and would be the focus of efforts in the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s.
DFW region, DallasMed  Large  
DFW region, Fort WorthMed  Large  
Texas InterstatesMed  This view shows the main population center of Texas and shows all interstates completed except for a section of I-20 west of Fort Worth. I-45 between Dallas and Houston was completed in 1971. The last section of I-10 between Houston and San Antonio, from Waelder to TX 304, was completed in March 1972.
HoustonMed  Large  
San AntonioMed  All central freeways were complete except for US 281 heading north out of downtown.
I-10 West TexasMed  A substantial amount of work remained to be done on I-10 in west Texas. Work continued in the 1970s and into the 1980s, with completion of the final link at Fort Stockton in May 1983.


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