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The Bandy route of 1924 in the earlier post followed the relatively new SH #1 along a route parts of which slightly shifted north of the original "Kuteman's Cutoff". Kuteman (of Weatherford) had argued for years in favor of his cutoff (which mostly followed today's Chapin Road across Mary's Creek), but in the end the TX Hwy Dept opted for a SH #1 route along what's now Camp Bowie West. Smith thinks as I do that they did that because the original Kuteman's route across Mary's Creek wasn't as good as the crossing slightly north where the old US 80 bridge crosses today.
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In local Tarrant County history, the story of the battle by the early good-road boosters for the Kuteman Cutoff and the maps it showed up on between about 1910 to 1924 has been an interest of mine for several years. In a future post I will try to tell a little more about the west Tarrant County Road Wars of the early 1900's.
Revised map added 02/05/2011 ~ Maps courtesy of Dan Smith