On the Road: Lincoln Highway (OSB)
Automobiles were the playthings of the rich until 1909, when Henry Ford produced the Model T-the first car that the average working family could afford. The number of cars manufactured and owned began to take off, but unfortunately there were few good places to drive them! For over half a century, long-distance travel in the United States had been accomplished by rail, and few roads suitable for the new horseless carriages existed. If the early cars did not break down on their own, it was very likely they would get stuck in mud on the dirt roads outside of cities and towns.
Dave Clark, historian and well-known Road Warrior, will illustrate the history of howthe grass-roots effort began, backed by car companies and related industries, to pull the country out of the mud. The Good Roads Movement championed named auto trails on the best available roads and advocated for government involvement in building hard surfaces on the public highways of the country. The first named auto trail to be marked from coast-to-coast was the Lincoln Highway.
- Saturday, June 16, 2018
- 2:00pm - 3:30pm
- Burnham Room (Formerly Meeting Room B)
- Ottawa Street Branch (OSB)