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The American Trail Series

Wayland, John W., The Valley Turnpike: Winchester to Staunton and Other Roads, Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society, 1967. (listed 10/18/18)

Early American Roads and Turnpikes

Baker, Norman L., Braddock's Road: Mapping the British Expedition from Alexandria to the Monongahela, History Press, 2013. (Baker tells the story of the road that Major General Edward Braddock carved out of the wilderness in 1755 between Alexandria and the future site of Pittsburgh during the French and Indian War.) (Listed 05/31/2018)

General and Travel

Holth, Nathan, Chicago's Bridges, Shire Publications, 2012. (Listed 12/03/2018)

McBriarty, Patrick T., Chicago River Bridges, University of Illinois Press, 2013. (Listed 12/03/2018)

Tomasi, Peter J. (author) and Duvall, Sara (illustrator), The Bridge: How the Roeblings Connected Brooklyn to New York, Abrams Comicarts, 2018. (This graphic novel tells the story of the Brooklyn Bridge, with a focus on the family behind its construction.) (listed 05/18/2018)


Francis, William and Hahn, Michael C., The DuPont Highway, Images of America, Arcadia Publishing, 2009. (listed 02/07/2019)

Guthrie, C. W., Going-to-the-Sun Road: Glacier National Park's Highway to the Sky, Farcountry Press, 2006. (Well-illustrated story of the history and construction of the Going-to-the-Sun Road – "a story of determination, idealism, and a desire to do the impossible.") (listed 04/16/2018)

Magnuson, Stew, The Last American Highway: A Journey Through Time Down U.S. Route 83, Three Volumes, Court Bridge Publishing. (According to the back cover. U.S. 83 is "one of the oldest and longest of the federal highways that hasn't been replaced by an Interstate. Volume 1: The Dakotas (2014); Volume 2: Nebraska, Kansas, and Oklahoma (2015); Volume 3: Texas (2017). The series "is a love poem to the natural beauty of the prairie and the fascinating people - both past and present - found along the road.") (Listed 12/03/2018)

Marchand, Mark, U.S. Route 1: Rediscovering The New World, 2018. (In the summer of 2014, Marchand drove every mile of U.S. 1 from Fort Kent, Maine, to Key West, Florida, "while absorbing the stories of the people who live along the thoroughfare and to experience the diverse geography through which the highway twists and turns." U.S. 1, he says, is "a critical lens through which to observe how what was once known to Europeans as the New World has evolved over centuries." The book is confined to an Amazon Kindle e-book, but Marchand is working on publication of a paperback version.) (listed 05/21/2018)

Reynolds, David, Slow Road to Brownsville: A Journey Through the Heart of the Old West, Greystone Books, 2014. (From the back cover: "John David Reynolds on his exhilarating road trip down Highway 83 - one of the longest north-south highways in North America - from Swan River, Manitoba, to the Mexican border at Brownsville, Texas. Along the way he encounters local characters both wacky and inspiring, and the legacies of legendary historical figures such as Lewis and Clark, Sitting Bull, Buffalo Bill, Davy Crockett, and even Truman Capote.") (Listed 12/03/2018)

Rutkow, Eric, The Longest Line on the Map: The United States, the Pan-American Highway, and the Quest to Link the Americas, Scribner/An Imprint of Simon&Schuster, Inc, 2019. (From the book jacket: The story of the "the epic quest to link North and South America, a dramatic story of commerce, technology, politics, and the divergent fates of the Americas in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.") (listed 02/07/2019)

State Highway Histories

Highways to the Sky: A Context and History of Colorado's Highway System, Colorado Department of Transportation, 2002. (This online publication is available at https://www.codot.gov/programs/environmental/archaeology-and-history/highways-to-the-sky. It includes an historic overview of highway development in Colorado and guidelines for determining National Register eligibility of roads and other road and highway-related resources.) (listed 04/09/2018)

Updated: 02/07/2019
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