One hundred years ago a new era was dawning across the United States. With the invention of the automobile came a need for better roads to connect communities with one another.
How significant is a “road”? Without question, we are a nation of drivers. Our culture, economy and our architecture have long been defined by the “road.” Paul Marriott in his book From Milestones to Mile-Markers, points out “We refer to the ‘Great White Way (New York’s Broadway), we get our Kicks on Route 66,' we refer to living 'in the fast lane' even when we are not in an automobile and our politicians in Washington, D.C., don’t understand us with their 'inside the beltway' mentality. Our entrepreneurs have developed the 'drive-in,' the 'drive-thru' and the 'drive-up'.”