Roads Movement, facsimile publications from Making of America, a digital
library of primary sources in 19th- and early 20th-century American social
history [Cornell home page: http://cdl.library.cornell.edu/moa;
University of Michigan home page: http://moa.umdl.umich.edu].
"The Good Roads Movement and the California Bureau of Highways,"
by Charles Freeman Johnson, in Overland Monthly and Out West Magazine,
1896. Includes a discussion of the Good Roads campaign nationwide.
Part I, Sept. 1896, pp. 247-261.
Part II, Oct. 1896, pp. 442-455.
A review of The Gospel of Good Roads, 1891
A review and summary of Isaac Potter's 1891 The Gospel of Good Roads:
A Letter from an American Farmer, in Manufacturer and Builder, October 1891.
"Ancient and Modern Highways," by Charles Livy Whittle, The New
England Magazine, February 1898, pp. 749-766.
An illustrated history of roads including an overview of the Good Roads
"Divided Highways: The Interstates and the Transformation of American
Life," PBS, 1997.
A history of road building in America is included in this extensive
website accompanying the 1997 PBS documentary "Divided Highways," including
the full transcript of the film, excerpts from the companion book, video
clips, a teacher's guide, and related weblinks.
History of the U.S. Federal Highway Administration (FWHA By Day)
An extensive day-by-time timeline that incorporates a substantial history
of American road development in the 20th century. To search the timeline
for specific names and innovations, use the FWHA site search page at http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/search.html.
The Macadamized Road: An 1881 Description
(search for "macadamized road" on this page)
Directions for macadamizing a road in the 1881 Household Cyclopedia
of General Information, from the online version created by Matthew Spong
(and awarded a top six-star rating by the University of Wisconsin Scout
The Road Drag
A discussion of the King road drag (as a precursor to improved rural
roads) introduces this article on mail-order marketing by Malcolm Gladwell:
"Clicks and Mortar," The New Yorker, Dec. 6, 1999.
"Getting out of a rut: 20th century roads paved the way for modern
Brief, well-illustrated section from the CNN online special, "The Twentieth
Regional Transportation History Sites
Extensive list of transportation history sites organized by state,
region, and country; on "California Highways," the personal site of Daniel
History of the Pennsylvania Turnpike
Abundantly illustrated history of "America's first superhighway." On "Pennsylvania Highways," the personal site of road-map collector Jeff Kitsko.
Histories of specific highways
Among the many histories of specific highways on the Web which relate
to the themes in this essay, (and which are well presented and illustrated),
"Coast to Coast on U.S. Highway 50: A Brief History of America's Backbone
(aka 'The Loneliest Road in America') and How It Came To Pass in Central
Colorado," Colorado Central Magazine, January 1999.
"The Lincoln Highway [first U.S. coast-to-coast]: A Brief History."
By James Lin, a graduate student at the University of California at Berkeley.
Also includes news articles from 1913 on the construction of the highway.
"Highway 94 History," California.
Good example of amateur highway history, by members of the Highway 94 Club.
Public Roads, published by the Federal Highway Administration, which
primarily covers current highway research and technology and occasionally
includes articles on environmental issues and highway history.
--Home page at http://www.tfhrc.gov/pubrds/pubrds.htm
--Archives home page at http://www.tfhrc.gov/pubrds/prarch.htm
Online articles that relate to highway history and environmental issues
The Earth Issue [11 articles on highways and the environment], Spring 1995.
Table of Contents: http://www.tfhrc.gov/pubrds/spring95/p95sp.htm
"Milestones for U.S. Highway Transportation and the Federal Highway
Administration [Timeline: 1892-1995]," Spring 1996.
On the first issue of Public Roads in May 1918, May/June, 2000.
"Rewarding Environmental Excellence," Autumn 1995. http://www.tfhrc.gov/pubrds/fall95/p95a38.htm
"Wetland Mitigation: An Early Effort," November/December 1997.
"A Revolution in Winter [Road] Maintenance," Winter 1996.
"The Use of Recycled Materials in Highway Construction," Autumn 1994.
"Attention Motorists . . . The Bats Have Landed on our Bridge!" [protection of an urban colony of bats roosting in a bridge in Austin, Texas], Winter 1996.
". . . From Dense Ignorance And Otherwise": A (Not Entirely Serious)Look at America's 100 (Plus) Years' War with Europe [in highway technology],"
"Federal Aid Road Act of 1916: Building the Foundation," Summer 1996.
"From 1916 to 1939: The Federal-State Partnership at Work," Summer 1996.
"Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1956: Creating the Interstate System," Summer
"Engineering Marvels" (19 segments of the interstate system), Summer
"Three States Claim First Interstate Highway," Summer 1996.
"Artists Look at Roads," Summer 1996.
"Poetry of the Open Road," Summer 1996.
The History of American Transportation: Paintings by Carl Rakeman
Online exhibition of 14 of the 119 paintings produced by Carl Rakeman
for the Bureau of Public Roads from the 1920s through the 1940s. Among
the paintings is "The First American Macadam Road" [date of road: 1823]
"The Ecological Effects of Roads," special section in Conservation
Biology, February 2000
Online edition from Blackwell Science, Inc., publisher.
Go to http://www.blacksci.co.uk/~cgilib/bsinc.bin?journal=biology and click
Listing of the eight articles in this special section on roads in the February 2000 issue
of Conservation Biology.
Highlights of the articles as summarized in "Science Briefs" (April/May
2000) from the
Biodiversity Project, Madison, Wisconsin.
"The Ecological Effects of Roads," by Reed Noss http://www.eco-action.org/dt/roads.html
Article (found on numerous activist websites) by conservation biologist
and activist Reed Noss, a member of the Board of Governors of the Society
for Conservation Biology.
Roads and Public Lands: resources on both sides
of the controversial road management policies of the U.S. Forest Service.
A web search on "'U.S. Forest Service' AND roads" will deliver numerous
The U.S.D.A. Forest Service Road Management Website
Go to "Complete list of Q&As" for a
summary of the old and revised road management policies of the U.S. Forest
Service, the center of a growing debate over federal protection of public
Roads on Public Lands: Resources
List of websites and resources from agencies opposing the U.S. Forest Service's
road policies in public lands. From Forest Guardians, an environmental
organization in New Mexico.
Animals, Highways, and Roadkill
Linking Habitats and Reducing Roadkill," Federal Highway Administration,
Online version of the Federal Highway Admn. publication of the same name. Contents include
"Wildlife and Highways: An Overview," "A Computer Model for Exploring Highway-Wildlife
Relationships," "Bear Underpasses," "Tortoise Underpasses," "Badger Tunnels,"
"Salamander Tunnels," "Programs to Remove Fish," "Passage Barriers," and
"Wildlife in the Fast Lane," Zoogoer, September/October 1999.
First-rate and accessible summary of the hazards to wildlife presented
by roads, vehicles, noise, lights, etc.; presents the controversy over
roads in U.S. public lands and wilderness. From Friends of the National
"Roadkill: Driving Animals to Their Graves," Animal Issues,
Article reviewing research studies, state roadkill data, national roadkill surveys, etc.,
and recommending measures to reduce roadkill, some of which involve innovations
in road design. From the Animal Protection Institute.
Plantings May Be a Death Trap," Associated Press, June 20, 2000.
Article on the problem of state DOT road plantings having the unintended
effect of luring deer to dangerous roadsides. On the site of ABC News.
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