America’s Love Affair With the Automobile

We have all heard about “America’s Love Affair With the Automobile.”  At a session of the TRB annual meeting sponsored by the History Committee in January, Historian Peter Norton included in his talk some details as to the origin of this notion…and it involves Groucho Marx! An account of this presentation that appeared online at CITYLAB.…

1834 – Transportation & a Dark Time for Labor

January 1834 Major transportation projects require enormous amounts of laborers of various skills.  Current day public works transportation construction projects are regulated to assure that workers are paid prevailing wages and are not taken advantage of, this current state was not reached without a cost.  The exploitation of workers while not solely encountered on transportation…

Discovering Transportation History in Small Museums

The world’s big transport museums are extremely popular and most have excellent archives and collections to support the work of scholars and specialists. Small museums, even those not directly dedicated to transportation subjects, can also offer excellent resources.  For example, the MIT Museum (Cambridge, MA) has rich collections on maritime and aerospace history.  On exhibition…

Transportation & the Civil Rights Movement

Significant steps in the advancement of the civil rights movement have occurred on transportation facilities, one of the most memorable was taken by Rosa Parks a 42 year old working woman on December 1, 1955.  Ms. Parks was arrested for not moving from her seat on a public bus to accommodate white passengers.  One year…

2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,300 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 22 trips to carry that many people. Click here to see the…

Before the Freeway: Washington’s Sunset Highway

A new  book entitled Washington’s Sunset Highway (Images of America) by Chuck Flood, part of an Images of America series, has been published by Arcadia Press. The book contains “more than 200 vintage postcards and photographs, Bainbridge Island author Chuck Flood presents a journey along Washington’s Sunset Highway in pre-freeway days. Though many early businesses are…