Introducing the Rambler, Semi-Retired
After reading Blue Highways, Out West, and other highly praised highway travel books, the Rambler was disappointed. The books were mainly about the interesting people and places along the way, not the highways. The Rambler decided to do something about it. Since traveling the roads inevitably involves meeting interesting people and going interesting places, the Rambler decided to stay in his comfortable home and write about highways and whatever he felt like doing based on research in books, magazines, and newspapers. He worked on this project for several years, but retired from it in 1996 when he finally got cable.
After much badgering by the proprietor of this website, the Rambler has agreed to release some of his work on the Highway History page, with a bit of updating since he abandoned the project in 1996. But not much updating. After all, with 150 cable channels, who has time?
Additional items will appear periodically as the Rambler releases them.
- Ask The Rambler
- General Roy Stone and The New York Times
- Martin Van Buren and the Railroads
- Interstates in Hawaii: ARE WE CRAZY???
- Was I-76 Numbered to Honor Philadelphia for Independence Day, 1776?
- What Is The Longest Road in the United States?
- When did the Federal Government begin collecting the gas tax?
- Why Do People Like to Drive for Pleasure?
- Why Does I-70 End in Cove Fort, Utah?
- Why Does The Interstate System Include Toll Facilities?
- Why is the Woodrow Wilson Memorial Bridge Name after Woodrow Wilson?
- The Rambler's Quote File
- The Bicycle Revolution
- Don't Blame the Future
- How the Highway Beautification Act Became a Law
- I-85 The Boom Belt
- Innovative Financing Tip for Communities at Their Wit's End
- John Steinbeck vs Charles Kuralt
- Literary Stagecoaching: Famous Victims
- Maryland's Bank Road
- The Rambler's History of New Orleans
- The Rambler Takes a Walk - a Virtual Tour of Pennsylvania Avenue
- The Sand-Clay Roads of South Carolina
- Two Bay Area Bridges - The Golden Gate and San Fransisco-Oakland Bay Bridge