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September 21
1901 The International Good Roads Congress at Buffalo, NY, which began on September 16, concludes. Director Martin Dodge addressed the conference on opening day while on September 18, General Roy Stone spoke on "Good Roads Work for the New Century." He said that if all the forces that have worked for good roads and their "powerful automobile allies" join rank, "the early days of the century will mark the inception of the greatest peaceful work the great Republic has ever undertaken or the world has ever witnessed." The proceedings are published as OPRI Bulletin No. 21. The first edition of 10,000 was soon distributed and a second edition of 10,000 needed before the end of FY 1902.
1948 In Salt Lake City, UT, at AASHO's 34th Annual Meeting, Commissioner Thomas MacDonald speaks on "State-Federal Relations in Highway Development": "Highway development for the nation is no over-night job. It is a continuing undertaking with mammoth dimensions, and its importance is rapidly accelerating. The only guidance the highway official has under present-day conditions to determine current administrative policies [is] the back sights that are fixed by yesterday's experience, and the collection and analysis of factual data to determine the future course that appears to offer great promise."
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