By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (June 29, 2022) – In Issue 2022-114 of Steve Kovacs Fun with Maps, we welcome Steve back from his journey west across the U.S. A.  and he takes us on the road, or at least, teaches us about the roadways.


It would be hard to imagine modern life without cars and highways. 

The first funding for a US national road grid was passed in 1921.  The multi-lane interstate highway system act was signed into law by President Eisenhower on June 29, 1956.

He was very impressed with the German Autobahn which his troops ended up using during World War II and he advocated for a similar road system in the US. 

Today the Interstate Highway System covers nearly 49,000 miles.  The combined construction cost for all interstates through 2020 was $535 billion in 2020 dollars.  That is about $11 million per mile of road.  

Here is Johnson’s map of the US from 1866.  Wagon and dirt roads, rivers, and canals were important transportation options in those days, but the railroad was emerging as the primary way transport people and goods.

U.S. Map – 1866 (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

Visit his antique map boutique world-on-paper online. Watch for his daily feature Steve Kovacs: Antique Maps & Fun Facts here on Loveland Beacon.