"The Road Ahead, the Exciting Story of the Nation's 50 Billion Dollar Road Program," 1956

Summary

This 1956 publication, produced by Caterpillar Tractor Company, promoted the proposed Interstate Highway System. Photographs show well laid out interchanges and uncongested highways. A central map displays the 41,000 miles of expressways intended for completion by 1971. Authorized through the Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1956, the project's scope grew and it wasn't finished until 1992.

This 1956 publication, produced by Caterpillar Tractor Company, promoted the proposed Interstate Highway System. Photographs show well laid out interchanges and uncongested highways. A central map displays the 41,000 miles of expressways intended for completion by 1971. Authorized through the Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1956, the project's scope grew and it wasn't finished until 1992.

Artifact

Publication

Date Made

1956

Subject Date

1956

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

87.135.1396

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of the Automobile Club of Michigan.

Material

Paper (Fiber product)

Color

Black-and-white (Colors)
Blue

Dimensions

Height: 8.25 in

Width: 10.375 in

Inscriptions

Text on inside back cover: This booklet was produced as a public service by Caterpillar Tractor / Co., Peoria, Illinois, in the belief that the most important ingredient in / any American public works project is the support of informed citizens. Text inside front cover pages: What the nation is building for you / Whose idea was the vast , new program? / Who is going to build the roads?

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