Camino del Norte: how a series of watering holes, fords, and dirt trails evolved into Interstate 35 in Texas

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Texas A&M University Press, Jan 17, 2006 - Business & Economics - 284 pages
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Some five hundred miles of superhighway run between the Rio Grande and the Red River--present-day Interstate 35. This towering achievement of modern transportation engineering links 7.7 million people, yet it all evolved from a series of humble little trails. The I-35 Corridor that runs north-south through Texas connects Dallas and Fort Worth with Autin, San Antonio, and Laredo en route to ancient towns in Mexico. In this fascinating popular history, based on extensive primary and secondary research, Howard J. Erlichman asks how and why the Camino del Norte (the Northern Road) developed as it did. His chronicle focuses less on the physical placement of I-35 than on the reasons it was created; the founding of posts and villages and the early development of towns. Along the way, he explores pre-Columbian cultures. Mexican silver mining, road and bridge building techniques, Indian tribes, railroad developments, military affairs, car culture, and pavement technology. Those interested in the economic development of the state of Texas, in NAFTA links and their precursors, and in touring the Interstate itself will find this book informative and useful.

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Contents

Digging into the Highways Past
3
PreColumbian Civilizations
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In Quest of Silver 15191776
15
Copyright

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About the author (2006)

HOWARD J. ERLICHMAN is a business consultant in Austin, Texas. He holds master's degrees from Harvard University and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.