A packed L.A. Highway – not exactly what President Eisenhower had in mind (Photo Credit L.A. Times)
The roads and cars play an important part of American identity.
Today marks the 65th anniversary of the signing of a bill for the construction of the interstate highways. Then General Eisenhower was taken by the efficiency of the German Autobahns in World War II, and he pushed Congress for a bill to create a similar system for the US. He was happy to sign the bill as President.
Today, the US Interstate System is slightly over 48,000 miles in total length.
Here is a map of the Los Angeles Freeway system and plans for its expansion by Ruscadon Engineering from three years prior to the creation of the Federal Highway System.
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.