The American Highway: The History and Culture of Roads in the United States

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McFarland, Jan 1, 2000 - Transportation - 229 pages
When the automobile first made long-distance travel practical for the average American, a dramatic change began in the country's physical and cultural landscape. Road design and construction were challenged to keep pace with the automobile's rapidly advancing capabilities and number. And as real mobility sank into the popular consciousness, the way of life of Americans changed forever.
This spectacularly illustrated history traces the transformation of America's roads from rutted wagon trails into ever smoother, faster and safer highways. Along with the sweat and ingenuity of increasingly ambitious construction, it explores the new roadside culture that sprang up to greet a society on the move. Places to eat, sleep, refuel, and see sights became as much a part of the highway travel experience as the road itself, and the histories of the most familiar roadside businesses are recounted here. More than 300 historical photographs provide fascinating documentation.
 

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A St. Paul lawyer, Kaszynski tracks a story of the persistent demands by individuals to travel, the pressure for roads by automobile manufacturers, the need for roadside servicesDand more. Leaving no ... Read full review

Contents

Preface
1
The Early Days 19001919
24
The First Generation 19201945
55
The Golden Age 19461969
139
The Interstate Era 19702000
190
The Future
206
Notes
219
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