AAA Map of General map of transcontinental routes with principal connections (1918)
|Author:||Amer Automobile Assn|
|Dwnld:||Full Size (17.05mb)|
|Source:||Library of Congress|
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I've always loved roads; and I can take it to some pretty "Rain-Man"-level extremes if I'm allowed to. I have a mildly-impressive party-trick whereby someone can name any U.S. city with more than 100k people, and I can name two U.S.- or State Highways that serve it. As with most party-tricks, it's highly dependent on the audience. With the right crowd, it's a really cool and impressive ice-breaker; with the wrong crowd I'd probably be shirtless and drunk and acting like an asshole already, anyway... so no harm done.
Now this American Automobile Association map shows what our cross-country road infrastructure looked like in 1918. Before Ike built our enormous system of Interstate Highways, we had a more fragile and dendritic network of Auto Trails; each with their own handsome crest for use in signage (which you can spot on the bottom margin of this map. Another small and incomplete collection can be found here.)
Listed at the bottom are some of the Auto Trails this map includes: the Blue Grass Trail; George Washington National Highway; Chicago, Kansas City, and Gulf; Corn Belt Route; Yellowstone Highway; Interstate Trail; Southern National Highway; Red Ball Trail; Santa Fe Trail; and Old Spanish Trail.