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Old 05-04-2010, 07:46 AM
 
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Curious about this, and it may come in handy since I'm moving back to the area soon...


My folks used to go to Weatherford from Fort Worth by going 'round the Weatherford Traffic Circle and heading out on this highway that went right to Weatherford. Anybody know which highway? I don't remember and all I found on Mapquest is Spur something...is that it? I do remember it turned right off the Traffic Circle. Maybe it is that Spur one? Does that go to Weatherford?

That's the only way we ever went to get there. Sometimes we'd come down Camp Bowie and sometimes we'd come that way from towards Benbrook sort of. Basically I do remember there was a nice Dairy Queen out that way!

Just curious if I'm correct and which highway that was, etc. You'd get on the highway and there was a billboard that said You Can Afford A Ford in Weatherford....

Any info appreciated!
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Old 05-04-2010, 08:05 AM
 
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best traffic circle I can think of for that situation would be in west FTW by the Edelweiss Restraurant where 377 and 183 meet--that would be Southwest Blvd and Benbrook Blvd--
Camp Bowie/580 which is just north of the traffic circle from there going west merges into I-20 heading to Weatherford
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Old 05-04-2010, 08:36 AM
 
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I looked at an early 1950's Texas travel guide I have and U.S. Hwy 80/180 ran east to west and U.S. Hwy. 181 ran north to south from Weatherford. (this was well before the Interstate system) Parts of old Hwy. 80 still go east from Weatherford for a while and this is probably what you were referring to. As the previous poster noted, I-20 replaced the old Hwy. 80/180. Hope this is helpful.
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Old 05-04-2010, 08:46 AM
 
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Most likely it was I-20 that you ended up on if you went through a traffic circle in FW. Like l2r says, the one by Edelweiss is really the only one in the area, so it would have been 377 through the circle to I-20 which merges with I-30 and then splits off onto Hwy 180 to Weatherford. You couldn't get directly on 180 without going to I-20 first and you'd miss the circle if you stayed on Camp Bowie.

We used to go through that traffic circle if we headed straight down 377 going to the Granbury area. Most times we just went around 820 and caught up with 377 at Benbrook instead. I'd actually forgotten about that circle...brings back memories of the first time I had to drive it myself, worrying about being in the right lane and not going round and round and round. haha

We came from the NE section of Tarrant county so we always took I-30 merging with I-20 then split to 180 to Weatherford, then on to Mineral Wells, which was often our destination.
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Old 05-04-2010, 11:39 AM
 
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This was back in the late 1970's. I looked on an old map we have from 1976 and it was 377 that went into it, but I remember being on Camp Bowie and going around the traffic circle and ending up in Weatherford...somehow...

On our map it calls it the Weatherford Traffic Circle...

I found what I think it is on Mapquest, but I couldn't get the exact location to paste on here...It is Benbrook Highway, Camp Bowie is on there and then it goes around the circle into Alta Mere....I think that's it, but I seem to remember more streets going off of it than that.



I was a really little kid then, so I actually don't remember much about it, other than I always liked it when we drove around that circle.




Likely was I 20 cuz I don't remember Spur anything...

Thanks!

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Old 05-04-2010, 12:28 PM
 
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Okay, I looked at the old map again. It was 80/180 that we went on. Had to have been, that's the only thing like it I see on the map.

It's what is not on Map Quest.

So 80/180 is not there anymore? It's 20? This is very confusing...

But that's why I think I thought it must've been Spur 580, because that was the closest thing I saw to where we usually went. Where does that Spur road end up?


Ha! Just found it. It goes into 20 and that's what goes into Weatherford. That's the way we went!

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Old 05-04-2010, 01:00 PM
 
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Before 820 and I-20 were fully built out many other main routes were known by various names. For instance 377 was always called Denton Hwy by natives and was often the main route taken to go anywhere heading south from most areas.

Heading west, it would have been 80/180 known as Weatherford Hwy, which currently runs in tandem with the interstates now. That's probably why it's been confusing. Same road, different labels and different routes to get on them.

So my guess then, would be that you guys tracked north after leaving the circle, which if you came from south of the circle or just east of it might make sense, otherwise it would be backtracking. That part of Camp Bowie is also Spur 580, though I had to research it to find that out. I don't recall it ever being called Spur anything. Spur 580 would have been part of the 80/180 route as well, again the same road, just one of the various names. If you were coming from nearby that circle it might be a viable route even today, but not if you are outside that area.

I-30 was always close to us, so it was the best route for us to take.
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Old 05-04-2010, 03:48 PM
 
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I think that's what threw me off kinda. When I finally found it on Mapquest it said Spur 580 and I thought it was some different road. I never heard of it being called Spur anything. Our house was in Westcliff and my dad just always went that way.

I thought it was called Weatherford Highway--which makes sense, but thought maybe that's just what my dad called it. I had never heard of any other names it had.

Thanks!
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Old 01-15-2011, 12:40 PM
 
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Default Weatherford traffic circle

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I think that's what threw me off kinda. When I finally found it on Mapquest it said Spur 580 and I thought it was some different road. I never heard of it being called Spur anything. Our house was in Westcliff and my dad just always went that way.

I thought it was called Weatherford Highway--which makes sense, but thought maybe that's just what my dad called it. I had never heard of any other names it had.

Thanks!
The original Weatherford traffic circle was at the intersection just north of the existing traffic circle. It had several retail spaces around it including a drive in restaraunt (possibly the Clover Drive in), a BBQ one and Holiday Inn.

This was on the old Weatherford Hwy (80/180) and Alta Mere. It was torn out and just a normal intersection replaced it.

The Highway department was in love with circles and cloverleafs at that time and they built the new circle south of the original on the
Benbrook Hwy (377). Locals kept the term Weatherford traffic circle, even though it no longer is on the old Weatherford Hwy.
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