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   Undertoad  Sunday Jul 19 10:13 AM

July 19th, 2015: National highway proposed in 1934

The magazine Modern Mechanix featured this drawing in July 1934.

So quaint to imagine that there would only be two roads! Eff You, Florida! Eff You, Chicago! Eff You, Texas! Boston, I know it would only take a little wee bit more road to get to you but... EFF YOU!

~ they didn't say fuck in 1934 ~

sexobon  Sunday Jul 19 11:20 AM

Looks like the early planning stages for getting cheap labor from Mexico up and over to New England.

Notice how they put an underpass near a river so when it overflows its banks everyone becomes wetbacks.

Clodfobble  Sunday Jul 19 11:24 AM

But just think how many airplanes could land on such a straight road in times of war!

xoxoxoBruce  Sunday Jul 19 11:47 AM

100 mph and traffic entering on the left? that's crazy talk.

In 1918, at the end of WW I, The US Army sent a convoy from Washington DC to San Francisco, Mostly following US rte 30. Averaging about 6 miles an hour, or 58 miles a day, it took 62 days for the 3,251 miles.

With depression dragging on and the specter of war on the horizon, this highway would enable moving our army quickly, plus jump start the depression economy. Even with all the New Deal CCC projects going on this was politically impossible.

During WW II the military, including Ike, were impressed with Germany's highway system, which Hitler had built to enable moving his army quickly plus jump start their sagging economy, in 1933. So Ike's Interstate Highway plan had to be inclusive to get the support in Congress, and with limited grades and minimum 16 ft clearances for missile carriers to please the military.

Lamplighter  Sunday Jul 19 12:08 PM

... and how else could they justify these million-$ "time to ..." signs now being built
to tell you how long you're going to be sitting in that 2-lane parking lot.

Attachment 52663

... and how else to justify the multi-million-$ private company to make all such signs.

Interstate Highway Sign Corp
7415 Lindsey Road
Little Rock, AR 72206 - View Map
Phone: (501) 490-4242

Our records show it was established in 2005 and incorporated in Arkansas.
Current estimates show this company has an annual revenue of $20 to $50 million
and employs a staff of approximately 100 to 249.

Gravdigr  Sunday Jul 19 04:55 PM

Wonder which came first, the highway, or the Highway Patrol?

xoxoxoBruce  Sunday Jul 19 07:50 PM

Neither, the list of dollar value for violations came first.

BigV  Monday Jul 20 11:44 AM

look at all that open space on the roadway!

Gravdigr  Monday Jul 27 04:48 PM

Originally Posted by Clodfobble View Post
But just think how many airplanes could land on such a straight road in times of war!
Attachment 52752

xoxoxoBruce  Monday Jul 27 07:44 PM

But Sa-am, you made the rails too high.

That looks like me on the parallel bars in gym class.

Lamplighter  Monday Jul 27 07:51 PM

I thought I was going to hear that 1943 song...

Comin' in on a wing and a prayer
Comin' in on a wing and a prayer
Though there's one motor gone
We can still carry on
Comin' in on a wing and a prayer

Carruthers  Tuesday Jul 28 11:29 AM

Originally Posted by Clodfobble View Post
But just think how many airplanes could land on such a straight road in times of war!
The Finnish Air Force regularly practice operations from roads as do the Swedes.

Gravdigr  Tuesday Jul 28 12:59 PM

IIRC, don't they (both countries) stage fighters just off the interstates in certain areas? Didn't Russia, or maybe Norwegia, do that, too?

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