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Author Topic: Tyler, TX: Home to 2 roadside firsts  (Read 1505 times)

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Tyler, TX: Home to 2 roadside firsts
« on: January 15, 2012, 03:05:42 PM »

http://www.tylerpaper.com/article/20120115/NEWS01/120119871
I had heard of Camp Ford, on the NE edge of Tyler off US 271, but I didn't know it was the site of the first placement of the metal generation of state Historical Markers in TX.  The article talks about the 50th anniversary of that first placement with a new commemorative marker at the same site.  Camp Ford was a Civil War-era POW camp.  There are now more than 15,000 Historical Markers statewide, with 250+ new ones every year.

http://maps.google.com/?ll=32.390852,-95.336115&spn=0.008752,0.017424&t=h&z=16&vpsrc=6&layer=c&cbll=32.390985,-95.336217&panoid=7ScgzBkEaMMV7kioK5IXXQ&cbp=12,9.49,,0,0.33
A 2-mile section of US 69 on the north side of Tyler is an Adopt-a-Highway project -- the first in the world, according to the brown part of the sign.  The first adoptees were the Tyler Civitan Club.  Now nearly 90,000 groups have adopted highway sections in almost all 50 states, plus Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, and Puerto Rico, in the 27 years since the Tyler Civitan's adoption.
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Re: Tyler, TX: Home to 2 roadside firsts
« Reply #1 on: January 15, 2012, 08:05:54 PM »

http://maps.google.com/?ll=32.390852,-95.336115&spn=0.008752,0.017424&t=h&z=16&vpsrc=6&layer=c&cbll=32.390985,-95.336217&panoid=7ScgzBkEaMMV7kioK5IXXQ&cbp=12,9.49,,0,0.33
A 2-mile section of US 69 on the north side of Tyler is an Adopt-a-Highway project -- the first in the world, according to the brown part of the sign.  The first adoptees were the Tyler Civitan Club.  Now nearly 90,000 groups have adopted highway sections in almost all 50 states, plus Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, and Puerto Rico, in the 27 years since the Tyler Civitan's adoption.

I remember reading something about this a few years ago: the person spearheading the project was dealing with all kinds of bureaucracy to pull it off, so he finally just went out and did it.
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