The horses seemed to watch with interest as the ribbon was cut for a 16.6 mile section of present-day Interstate 30 Highway from Buckner Boulevard in Dallas to Rockwall, Texas on July 26, 1951. Holding the scissors, which were labeled “Big D” and “Big R.”, are Texas Highway Chairman E. H. Thornton, Jr.(left) and Rockwall County Judge Ralph Hall. At the time, this route was signed as US 67. The ceremony was held at the Dallas-Rockwall county line.
Although you would expect Ft Worth to lead the way with western style ribbon cuttings, it was that Dallas that provided the covered wagon theme for the Interstate 30 ribbon cutting on July 26, 1951.
The new roadway was a divided highway not meeting freeway standards but was still a huge improvement over the old Hwy. 67 route and was the most anticipated highway opening since Central Expressway in August of 1949.
Throughout Texas, US 67 runs in a primarily northeast–southwest manner, apparently violating the norms for numbering U.S. roadways as odd-numbered routes are typically north–south in orientation. Between Dallas and Weaver in eastern Hopkins County, the highway runs concurrently with Interstate 30, and is unsigned between Dallas and Royse City. From Weaver east to the Arkansas state line in Texarkana, US 67 runs parallel to
I-30. Highway 67 has its beginning at the United States-Mexico border town of Presidio, Texas.
The first vehicle on the highway was the covered wagon driven by a descendant of a pioneer Texas family. After serving as Rockwall County Judge from 1950 to 1962, Ralph Hall (born May 3, 1923) was elected to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives in 1980. In December 2012, at the age of 89, he became the oldest person ever to serve in the U.S. House.