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General and Travel

Buck, Rinker, The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey, Simon and Schuster, 2015. (The author traveled the trail in a covered wagon and wrote this book about his experiences, a mix of memoir and history.) (listed 07/20/2015)

Creighton, Jeff, Bridges of Spokane, Images of America, Arcadia Publishing, 2013. (Photographic collection in the Images format depicting the "City of Bridges.") (listed 01/26/2015)

Longhurst, John, Bike Battles: A History of Sharing the American Road, University of Washington Press, 2015. (Tells the story of how America adapted to the bicycle in the late 19th century, lost interest, then tried again beginning in the 1960s to the present.) (listed 04/23/2015)

Mauch, Christof, and Zeller, Thomas, editors, The World Beyond the Windshield: Roads and Landscapes in the United States and Europe, Ohio University Press, 2008. (A collection of articles about roads and their historical development, including such subjects as the American parkway, roadside landscaping, the Highway Beautification Act of 1965, Germany's autobahn, and the Capital Beltway.) (listed 07/20/2015)

Zeller, Thomas, Driving Germany: The Landscape of the German Autobahn, Berghahn Books, 2007. (A history of the autobahn, not only in the 1930s, but in later years, with emphasis on its relationship to the landscape.) (listed 07/20/2015)


Beal, Richard A., Highway 17: The Road to Santa Cruz, 2nd edition, The Pacific Group, 1991. (A well-illustrated history of State Highway 17 from San Jose to Santa Cruz, California.) (listed 03/19/2015)

Dakelman, Mitchell E., and Schorr, Neal A., The Pennsylvania Turnpike, Images of America, Arcadia Publishing, 2004. (Heavily illustrated history of the turnpike in the Images of America format.) (listed 03/19/2015)

Flood, Chuck, Washington's Sunset Highway, Images of America, Arcadia Publishing, 2014. (Photographs depict the Sunset Highway, part of U.S. 10, in pre-freeway days.) (listed 01/26/2015)

Flood, Chuck, Washington's Highway 99, Images of America, Arcadia Publishing, 2013. (Collection of photographs and postcards depict U.S. 99 in the Images format.) (listed 01/26/2015)

Garden State Parkway, Images of America, Arcadia Publishing, 2013. (Prepared by the New Jersey Turnpike Authority, this book tells the story of the Garden State Parkway in the heavily illustrated Images of America style.) (listed 04/23/2015)

Jensen, Jeff, Drive the Broadway of America: Your Travel Guide to the U.S. 80 and Bankhead Highways Across the American Southwest, bygonebyways.com, 2nd edition, 2013. (Jensen provides a detailed guide, with maps and illustrations, for travel through the Southwest on the Bankhead Highway, once a transcontinental highway, and its 1920s successor, U.S. 80.) (listed 03/19/2015)

Lapolla, Michael, and Suszka, Thomas A., The New Jersey Turnpike, Images of America, Arcadia Publishing, 2005. (Heavily illustrated history of the turnpike in the Images of America format.) (listed 03/19/2015)

Mendieta, Ramiro Matos, and Barreiro, José, editors, The Great Inka Road: Engineering an Empire, National Museum of the American Indian in Association with Smithsonian Books, 2015. (A companion to an exhibit (2015-2018) of the same name, this book is a well-illustrated collection of 24 articles exploring the historical, structural, and cultural significance of the Inka road network.) (listed 07/29/2015)

Smith, Dan L., The Bankhead Highway in Texas, Bankhead Highway Publishing, 2013. (Provides a history of the Bankhead Highway, a transcontinental route (Washington, DC, to San Diego, CA) named after Senator John H. Bankhead (AL), known in his time as the "Father of Good Roads" because of his role in creating the Federal-aid highway program in 1916. The book's focus is on the route in Texas, with illustrations and maps.) (listed 03/19/2015)

Magazine Articles

McCarthy, Michael P., "Baltimore's Highway Wars Revisited," Maryland Historical Magazine, Summer 1998. (listed 07/24/2015)

Ph.D. Theses

Kobrick, Jake I., Let the People Have a Victory: The Politics of Transportation in Philadelphia, 1946-1984, University of Maryland, 2010. (listed 07/30/2015)

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