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The Future of Road-making in America   By: (1873-1933)

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HISTORIC HIGHWAYS OF AMERICA

VOLUME 15

[Illustration: General Roy Stone

( Father of the good roads movement in the United States )]

HISTORIC HIGHWAYS OF AMERICA

VOLUME 15

The Future of Road making in America

A Symposium

BY

ARCHER BUTLER HULBERT

and others

With Illustrations

[Illustration]

THE ARTHUR H. CLARK COMPANY CLEVELAND, OHIO 1905

COPYRIGHT, 1905 BY THE ARTHUR H. CLARK COMPANY

ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

CONTENTS

PAGE

PREFACE 11

I. THE FUTURE OF ROAD MAKING IN AMERICA 15

II. GOVERNMENT COƖPERATION IN OBJECT LESSON ROAD WORK 67

III. GOOD ROADS FOR FARMERS 81

IV. THE SELECTION OF MATERIALS FOR MACADAM ROADS 170

V. STONE ROADS IN NEW JERSEY 190

ILLUSTRATIONS

I. PORTRAIT OF GENERAL ROY STONE (father of the good roads movement in the United States) Frontispiece

II. A GOOD ROADS TRAIN 59

III. SAMPLE STEEL TRACK FOR COMMON ROADS (showing portrait of Hon. Martin Dodge) 66

IV. TYPICAL MACADAM ROAD NEAR BRYN MAWR, PENNSYLVANIA 83

V. A STUDY IN GRADING 89

VI. SAND CLAY ROAD IN RICHLAND COUNTY, SOUTH CAROLINA 115

VII. GRAVEL ROAD NEAR SOLDIERS' HOME, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA 127

VIII. OYSTER SHELL OBJECT LESSON ROAD 137

IX. EARTH AND MACADAM ROADS 168

PREFACE

The present volume on the Future of Road making in America presents representative opinions, from laymen and specialists, on the subject of the road question as it stands today.

After the author's sketch of the question as a whole in its sociological as well as financial aspects, there follows the Hon. Martin Dodge's paper on "Government Coƶperation in Object lesson Road Work." The third chapter comprises a reprint of Hon. Maurice O. Eldridge's careful article, "Good Roads for Farmers," revised by the author for this volume. Professor Logan Waller Page's paper on "The Selection of Materials for Macadam Roads" composes chapter four, and E. G. Harrison's article on "Stone Roads in New Jersey" concludes the book, being specially valuable because of the advanced position New Jersey has taken in the matter of road building.

For illustrations to this volume the author is indebted to the Office of Public Road Inquiries, Hon. Martin Dodge, Director.

A. B. H. MARIETTA, OHIO, May 31, 1904.

The Future of Road making in America

CHAPTER I

THE FUTURE OF ROAD MAKING IN AMERICA

In introducing the subject of the future of road making in America, it may first be observed that there is to be a future in road building on this continent. We have today probably the poorest roads of any civilized nation; although, considering the extent of our roads, which cover perhaps a million and a half miles, we of course have the best roads of any nation of similar age. As we have elsewhere shown, the era of railway building eclipsed the great era of road and canal building in the third and fourth decades of the old century, and it is interesting to note that freight rates on American railways today are cheaper than on any railways in any other country of the world. To move a ton of freight in England one hundred miles today, you pay two dollars and thirty cents; in Germany, two dollars; in France, one dollar and seventy five cents; in "poor downtrodden" Russia, one dollar and thirty cents. But in America it costs on the average only seventy two cents. This is good, but it does not by any means answer all the conditions; the average American farm is located today even with our vast network of railways at least ten miles from a railroad station... Continue reading book >>




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