Two new Texoma maps are available today, they're at the same scale as the DFW maps, just shifted up north. The map includes the area around lake Texoma, and goes up north into Oklahoma to cover Durant and Madill - and south to Collin and Hunt counties. This is an area that is seeing a lot of attention as people in the DFW area discover that it's nearby but uncluttered, and has some beautiful rural scenery. ZIP codes and regular editions are available at the bottom of the regional maps page.
The Texas wall map sees 32 updates this month, most minor realignments of state roads. Added are a new portion of the Grand Parkway proposed for construction west of Houston, the new Circuit of the Americas track in Austin, newly incorporated Providence Village in Denton County, and the new section of SH 130 to IH 10 near Seguin. The Texas map is available on the Regional Maps page.
The newly updated Dallas-Fort Worth ZIP code map is now available on the regional maps page. This is 22" x 34" and covers all of Dallas, Tarrant and Rockwall Counties with all of Denton and Collin Counties south of US 380 included. There are many customization options for this wall map, including larger sizes and customer-specific information layers added.
Red River Mapping's DFW map is nearing completion. The DFW map features all of the roadways in DFW, with major ones labeled. Additionally, major educational facilities, hospitals, and large shopping centers are shown. There are several options for this map, the major one being whether or not to show all of the minor roads. Most customers won't need them, instead preferring major roads only. However, some customers, especially real estate agents, will like to have all of the roads shown in order to more easily pinpoint new developments. So, the map will be offered with minor roads turned off by default - but if you'd like them just include a note with your order requesting minor roads and they can be easily included. Both examples are shown here, above showing all of the roads, and below showing on the major routes.
Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas come together in a spot in between Shreveport and Texarkana, not far west of the Red River. This author had some extra time the other day and decided to go find the spot, also called a Tripoint. Just off the highway between Atlanta, TX and Rodessa LA there is a little stone that sits next to an abandoned house and a big tree. You can park at the state line and walk through a little field and place your hand in three states at the same time.
Each side of the stone face features the name of the state. In this instance, Texas is to the left, Louisiana is on the right in the foreground, and Arkansas is on the right at the rear. Doing a bit of research, I found an article in the Dallas Morning News from 1936 trying to paint this little stone as a tourist attraction.
The article notes there were a few houses and a bar on the Louisiana/Arkansas state line. The portion of the bar in Arkansas could serve liquor or beer, while in Louisiana beer only was permitted. The signpost and 1930s bar are gone now, and it's never really become a tourist attraction. However...
Mapsco, several years ago, produced this great map showing DFW's industrial parks and properties. It hasnt been around for a while, but periodically someone will ask for a copy of it (there arent any). I thought it was a great map, something so specialized that only a few people would ever need it - but at the same time a fun way to visualize some zoning in the region. In that spirit, Red River Mapping has produced a DFW Industrial Properties map. Industrial-use areas in the Metroplex are shown in blue, with major industrial parks labeled. The DFW Industrial Properties map is available with or without minor roads shown, the version pictured below omits them. This map is available on the regional maps page.
This is a quick shout out to a local blog I found : http://redriverhistorian.wordpress.com/ It's great to find people in the area who are also interested in maps and history. I always thought Northeast Texas was somewhat lacking in contemporary historical documentation.
Fannin County is set to become a hotbed of development activity in the near future. It's within commuting distance of DFW, but its still undiscovered for the most part. That's going to change soon, for better or worse for the community, with the construction of two new reservoirs. Red River Mapping's Fannin County wall map was constructed over the course of a year by painstakingly (sometimes very bumpily) driving down most of the county's roads. The map includes all county roads, address ranges for major roads, elevation shading, inset maps for Bonham, Leonard, and Honey Grove - and even the footprints of the two proposed lakes. The example above shows Lower Bois D'Arc Creek Reservoir, set to be impounded around 2017. You can order the map without the proposed lakes on them, if you'd rather. Learn more about the Red River Mapping Fannin County wall map on the county maps page.