April 6, 2011

Highway histories

Every now and then I pause to reflect that the highway in front of my house has been there, in one form or another, for centuries, perhaps millenia. It was a path connecting Cayuga and Onondaga territory before it was expanded to become the Bridle Road, and then Dryden Road, and then Routes 9 and 13 for a while before becoming its current Route 366.

I've thought for a while that highways, much like railroads, deserved histories of their own. Old maps are fascinating, but there's less of an organized effort to keep track of what happened. Fortunately, it looks like Wikipedia has at least some solid foundations to explore on:

Road signs may not be as excited as the old railroad logos, but we'd be wise to remember their stories.

Posted by simon at April 6, 2011 7:28 AM in ,
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