Caddo, Oklahoma...
Monday, December 17, 2018
The antique town on a buffalo trail.

Jefferson Highway

 

The Jefferson Highway Association was created in 1915 and proposed an interstate route from Winnipeg, Ontario, to New Orleans, Louisiana. Because the road bisected the Louisiana Purchase it was named in honor of President Thomas Jefferson, who had secured the Louisiana Purchase in 1803.

Delegates from seven mid-western and southern states gathered to determine where the Jefferson Highway or "Pine to Palm” road would be routed through each state. “Cardinal points," the cities that would be traversed in each state were chosen by committees. Muskogee was chosen as the "cardinal point" in Oklahoma. From there the road meandered south to Caddo and on to Denison, Texas.

Caddo’s druggist, William Frances Dodd was an ardent supporter of the highway and worked diligently throughout the process of creating and building the road. He must have felt great pride and satisfaction when he saw its completion and watched people use it. Hundreds passed through Bryan County on “sociability runs” and many stopped in Caddo to visit, give speeches, and spend money. Mr. Dodd and his lovely wife participated in several of the excursions, joining with friends here and continuing to New Orleans. He and his wife were well-known figures at meetings and conventions. Sadly, Mr. Dodd died suddenly in his pharmacy in 1924.

The “old highway” is still a popular way for locals to travel to Durant and avoid the busier 69/75. "Let the Good Times Roll" will be the theme of the 2018 Heritage Day celebration and will honor the Jefferson Highway. 

To read more about it visit the Jefferson Highway Association.