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General and Travel

Blodgett, Peter J., Motoring West: Automobile Pioneers, 1900-1909, Volume 1, University of Oklahoma Press, 2015. (A collection of articles written in the first decade of the 20th century describing motorists' experiences, including the fine points of transcontinental travel.) (listed 08/24/2016)

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)


Pushchendorf, L. Robert, "Lifting Our People Out of the Mud: The Good Roads Movement in Nebraska," Nebraska History, Winter 2015, pages 162-179 (listed 08/24/2016)

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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