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General and Travel

Cleary, Richard L., Bridges, W. W. Norton and Company, 2007. (Compiled with the Library of Congress, this book is a visual sourcebook of American bridge design in four fundamental types: beam, arch, truss, and suspension, as well as movable bridges (swing, lift, and bascule). It includes nearly 1,000 archival photographs, plans, drawings, and engravings, and a CD-ROM with high-quality downloadable TIFF files of all the illustrations.) (listed 11/21/2016)

Davis, Timothy, National Park Roads: A Legacy in the American Landscape, University of Virginia Press, 2016. (Dr. Davis, a historian with the National Park Service, has written what a review in The Washington Post called "a fascinating and lavishly illustrated book about those paved ways.") (listed 09/21/2016)

White, John H., Jr., Wet Britches and Muddy Boots: A History of Travel in Victorian America, Indiana University Press, 2013. (Tells the story of what travel was like in the 1880s, with chapters on canals, ferryboats, omnibuses, ocean sail, passenger trains, stagecoach travel, steamships, and streetcars.) (listed 11/21/2016)


Henry, Lyell D., Jr.,The Jefferson Highway: Blazing the Way from Winnipeg to New Orleans, University of Iowa Press, 2016. (Covers the origin, history, and significance of this 1910s named trail, and traces the route through Iowa.) (listed 05/25/2017)

Mullins, Jonita, The Jefferson Highway in Oklahoma: The Historic Osage Trace, The History Press, 2016. (A history that uses the 1910s named trail to trace the history of the corridor from its origins as an Native American trail.) (listed 05/25/2017)

State Highway Histories

DeLuca, Richard, Post Roads and Iron Horses: Transportation in Connecticut From Colonial Times to the Age of Steam, Wesleyan University Press, 2011. (A history of the turnpikes, steamboats, canals, railroads, and trolleys that helped Connecticut grow.) (listed 02/15/2017)

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