Monday, March 1, 2010

85 yrs ago

Before highways as we know them today existed, roads used by drivers in the United States consisted of “auto trails” or informal, marked routes. As automobile travel became increasingly important in America, the federal government appointed a joint board on Interstate Highways on March 2, 1925. Eighty-five years ago, this board created the first system of highway numbering in the US. Standardized road signs identifying the routes were also introduced. The most famous of routes is the mother road, Route 66 from Chicago to Los Angeles. We have many books and DVDs to revisit the people and places that made this road an American icon. We also have books and videos available on another “auto-trail”, the Lincoln Highway. It was called the “Main Street across America” and followed 3,000 miles from New York to San Francisco. Michael Wallis book “Lincoln Highway” captures the 13 states that the highway passes through with stories and photographs.

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