AtlasObscura/In 1919, Eisenhower Suffered Through History's Worst Cross-Country Road Trip

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AtlasObscura/In 1919, Eisenhower Suffered Through History's Worst Cross-Country Road Trip

“This was one of the first major cross-country road trips, and it planted the idea in the Eisenhower’s mind that the federal government could and should make improving U.S. highways a priority. Soon, driving from coast to coast would become mythologized as one of the key American experiences. But in 1919, it was a terrible, torturous endeavor.”

Sarah Laskow, Atlas Obscura

A fascinating story about a military man who would later become president and establish the interstate highway system. Imagine how difficult interstate travel would be without Eisenhower’s wisdom and vision. The interstate is now woven into our nation’s fabric and history and should be properly maintained.

By |2015-09-10T11:33:19+00:00September 10th, 2015|Infrastructure|