Postcards From the Edge of Time

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Re: Postcards From the Edge of Time

Postby FangKC » Fri Jul 15, 2016 2:19 pm

Photo from 1958 shows the area on the east side of downtown being cleared for interstate construction.

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Re: Postcards From the Edge of Time

Postby macnw » Sat Jul 16, 2016 12:25 pm

Is this part of Ike's agenda during his presidency? Is he thinking of something similar to the Autobahn is Germany?

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Re: Postcards From the Edge of Time

Postby aknowledgeableperson » Mon Jul 18, 2016 12:00 pm

From wiki:
"The Bureau of Public Roads asked the Army to provide a list of roads that it considered necessary for national defense. In 1922, General John J. Pershing, former head of the American Expeditionary Force in Europe during the war, complied by submitting a detailed network of 20,000 miles (32,000 km) of interconnected primary highways—the so-called Pershing Map."
"The Interstate Highway System gained a champion in President Dwight D. Eisenhower, who was influenced by his experiences as a young Army officer crossing the country in the 1919 Army Convoy on the Lincoln Highway, the first road across America. Eisenhower gained an appreciation of the Reichsautobahn system, the first "national" implementation of modern Germany's Autobahn network, as a necessary component of a national defense system while he was serving as Supreme Commander of the Allied forces in Europe during World War II. He recognized that the proposed system would also provide key ground transport routes for military supplies and troop deployments in case of an emergency or foreign invasion."
"The Interstate Highway System was authorized on June 29, 1956 by the Federal Aid Highway Act of 1956,[17] popularly known as the National Interstate and Defense Highways Act of 1956."

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Re: Postcards From the Edge of Time

Postby pash » Mon Jul 18, 2016 3:41 pm

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Re: Postcards From the Edge of Time

Postby aknowledgeableperson » Tue Jul 19, 2016 1:02 am

pash wrote:Eisenhower wanted to create a system of long-distance highways, but did not support building them through cities. Apparently he did not realize that the bill he signed into law creating the interstate highway system would do that.


At that time highways did go through cities. Look at where 24, 40, and 50 go through town. Throw in 69 and 71 for good measure. They might not have been modern highways but out in the countryside they were two lane highways that became 4 or 6 lanes in town.

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Re: Postcards From the Edge of Time

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