This guide, along with the various others produced by Lyn Wilkerson and Caddo Publications USA, are based on the American Guide Series. Using the original text, we have updated time-sensitive directions and information, updated highway changes and alignments, and added additional research to add to what was already a wealth of documented history.
Until the mid-1950's, the U.S. Highway System provided the means for various modes of transport to explore this diverse land. To encouarge such explorations, the Works Projects Administration under President Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Federal Writers Project created the American Guide Seies. This series of books were commissioned by the Federal Government to capture the culture and history of the United States and provide the direction necessary for traveles to explore it. Each state created a commission of writers who canvassed their respective territories for content to submit. The prelminary works were then sent to Washington D.C. for final assembly into a standad format. The result was a travel guide for each state. The series spread to include guides for important cities as well. After the State Guides were complete, the concempt of a national guide was developed. However, it would not be until 1949, with the backing of Hastings House Publishing, that a true national guide would be created. Though several rounds of condensing, the final product maintained much of the most essential points of interest and the most colorful material.
To quote from the American Guide Series,"romance has been kept in its place..." The intent of this guide is to provide information about the histoic sites, towns, and landmarks along the chosen routes, and to provide background information and stories for what lies in-between. It is not our desire to dramatize the history or expand on it in any way. We believe that the characte and cultue of this state, and our country as a whole, can speak for itself. The guide has been created, not for just traveles new to the State, but for current residents who may not realize what lies just around the corner in their own neighborhood. The goal of Caddo Publications USA is to encourage the exdploation of the rich histoy that many of us drive by on a regular basis without any sense it existed, and to entetain and edcuate so that histoy will not be lost in the future.