Note: The Jefferson Highway extended from Winnipeg to New Orleans.
The Caddo Herald
May 3, 1918
To Hard Surface Highway
The state prisoners are now in camp at the Fish hatchery where they will be engaged in fencing the 300 acres of land belonging to the state; also they will build an immense lake on the land.
Besides this some will be used in building the Jefferson Highway from Caddo to Durant. They have already finished the grading south of Blue and will at once begin the north end. First a concrete pavement will be made across the big slough this side of the river and concrete culverts put in, in place of the wooden ones.
With the new grader the county will begin grading the highway at once and after his work is done we are assured the state will go to work hard surfacing the highway.
For all of which those who have occasion to the use the road will be duly grateful.
Mr. and Mrs. W. F. Dodd left here at four o’clock Wednesday afternoon for Miami and Joplin on a Jefferson Highway Sociability Run. At their destination they will meet parties from along the Highway north. They were joined here by cars from Wolfe City, Bonham, and Leonard as well as Denison and other points.
The Highway is permanently established except at some minor points which disuptes will be settled at the Joplin meeting.
In this connection we should remember that in securing this Highway through Caddo we are largely indebted to W. F. Dodd, who has spent lots of his time and considerable money to do the work. Of course he has been sided by other public spirited citizens of Bryan County, but his has been the main effort. He is one of the directors of the Highway and when competed, this will stand as a monument to his public spirited energy.
The contract has been let for hard surfacing the Highway from the Atoka County line to Durant. About a mile of this Highway is in Caddo city limits, so we shall then get our fist hard surface street by this method. The work will cost some $120,000 and will be paid for by the U. S. and state governments.