On Tuesday afternoon, the mayor and city employees from the council to the Ecenomic Development Board broke ground to construct a new Love's travel stop on Interstate 20 and Highway 283.
Love's purchased 12 acres of land from property owner Richard "Tally" Windham, and has been in planning stages with the city since last Fall, according to city secretary Lori Windham.
"We are thrilled and excited where this will take Baird," says Windham. "We feel like this is a perfect first step in bringing more businesses to town."
The once booming railroad center, titled "The Antique Capital of West Texas", has dwindled down to a withering downtown area. Some Baird residents feel and hope the truck stop can attract people to Baird's downtown.
"I-20 has a lot of advantages because of the traffic," adds Windham. "There is a reason for people to stop in Baird."
Construction will begin mid-September is expected to be complete by January, according to Baird city secretary Lori Windham.
It will hold as many as 80 semi-trucks.