The road.

Texas is known for good highways.  This map shows the major highways in the Lone Star state.  Not surprisingly, the highway system is concentrated in Central and East Texas.  West Texas is served mostly by I-20 and I-10. 

Note, too, that I-27 in the Panhandle is unusually short.  This stretch of intrastate highway runs from Lubbock to Amarillo, and is sometimes called the Canyon Highway because of its proximity to Palo Duro Canyon.  Years ago there was talk of extending I-27 down to I-10.  But those who know such things say that the extension was not “economically feasible”, and that existing state highways serve the region well. 

Also notice that I-44 appears unusually short, basically just a short hop from Wichita Falls to the Red River.  Looks are deceiving, because what you see on the map is just one end of a major highway running from Wichita Falls, Texas, to St. Louis, Missouri.

Now, go tell your friends what you learned today.

Please let us know what you think about what we see.