Help a colleague – Deaths building the transcontinental railroad

We have a new feature for you at Moving History.  Jonathan Giford, a Committee Member's colleague is seeking information about the number of casualties arising from the construction of the transcontinental railroad. Her more detailed request is below. Do you know how many people died in the building of the transcontinental railroad?  Estimates are all …

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April marks 90 years of publishing for Arizona Highways magazine

April marks 90 years of publishing for Arizona Highways magazine Travel along with the magazine Arizona Highways with a tribute edition that will highlight nine decades of outstanding travel journalism.  The editorial staff of the magazine has drawn upon the magazines roughly 1,100 issues pulling together an anniversary edition featuring words, photos, ads, maps, art …

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Classic video of the month: Aerobus by Parks Inc.

This month brings us a classic corporate video presenting the Aerobus.  It is a suspended monorail that runs from a suspended cable.  This video is one of many transit videos that feature the narration of George Takei (Mr. Sulu from Star Trek).  The technology is an interesting concept that has yet to be implemented on …

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Classic book of the month : The Box

Following our previous post on barrels, here is our classic book suggestion, this time on the shipping container. The Box: How the Shipping Container Made the World Smaller and the World Economy Bigger by Marc Levinson was published in 2006. The book tells the great story Malcom McLean, who perfected the shipping container, the ever …

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St-Patrick’s Day and Route 66

Beautiful Shamrock, Texas is so proud of their spot on historic Route 66 that their economic development commission moved into the iconic U-Drop Inn. Read their history on their website http://shamrockedc.org/u-drop-inn .  If you are working on an oral history of Route 66, drop a line to Larry Clonts at the EDC or Dan Quandt …

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Three more posts about Texas

Following our two previous recent posts concerning Texas, here are three more web sites for your reading pleasure. Since everything is Bigger in Texas, we needed 3 blog posts to contain it all. History of the Texas Highway Department in Hidalgo County, 1922 to 1968 http://tiny.cc/thd-hidalgo Reflections on Concrete Pavement Development in Texas 1957-2004 : …

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Two great websites about transportation in Texas

Presented here are two great links to web sites about the history of transportation in Texas. The first one covers the history of Highways from 1917 to 1968. From Pioneer Paths to Super Highways (from to Texas State Library & Archives Commission) https://www.tsl.texas.gov/exhibits/highways/index.html The second one covers the History of the Texas Railroad Commission and …

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John Oliver and America’s Crumbling Infrastructure

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wpzvaqypav8 John Oliver never shies away from difficult or tangled subjects on "Last Week Tonight." He's tackled the net neutrality debate and the importance of the bills passed by state legislatures, neither of which are particularly sexy on the surface. But on Sunday he faced perhaps his greatest challenge -- explaining the particulars of why …

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