Short History of Roads and Highways – Indiana Edition

Short History of Roads and Highways – Indiana Edition

From the first rude ridgeways to the modern interstate superhighway, the evolution of the road is a fascinating story. Readers will learn the progression of roads from the first ridgeways, roads in the ancient world, Roman roads and the development of the revolutionary McAdam Road. Native Americans developed an extensive system of trails for both trade and war. The Short History of Roads and Highways – Indiana Edition includes information on early Amerindian trails, pioneer traces and the beginnings of the modern Indiana highway system.


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Table of Contents

Introduction – Page 1
Evolution of Road Building Materials – Page 1
Historic Roads – Page 7
Native Roads and Wildlife roads in North America – Page 10
Old Pioneer Roads – Page 17
Named Highways – Page 41
The Beginnings of the United States Highway System – Page 32
The Push for Better Roads – Page 56
The Automobile – Page 61
The Modern Highway Emerges – Page 76
Classifications of Roads – Page 81
Indiana Edition – Page 88
Amerindian Trails in Indiana – Page 88
Indiana Pioneer Traces – Page 101
Early Indiana Named Highways – Page 120
Indiana Roads Prior to 1850 – Page 128
Indiana Roads Between 1850 and 1900 – Page 133
Main Market Highways – Page 137
Indiana County – Back Road Numbering System – Page 140
Acknowledgements – Page 144
About the Author – Page 161
Mossy Feet Books Catalogue – Page 162
Sample Chapter – Page 163
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