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Ribbons Across the Land: Building the U.S. Interstate Highway System

Introduction

About this Exhibition

This exhibition explores the history of early transportation systems in the U.S. and Europe:

Canals and rivers; railroads; the Goods Roads Movement; Italy’s autostrade and especially Germany’s Autobahn, a highway project that inspired President Eisenhower to push for a U.S. Interstate Highway System.

Map of United States Highways

The National System of Interstate and Defense Highways: Status of Improvement as of March 31, 1971. Washington: GPO, 1971. View Source.

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President Eisenhower reviews a map of proposed federal highway system presented by General Lucius Clay
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Eisenhower’s Push for the Interstates

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