The Short Life of the USS Macon

Macon (ZRS‑5), a rigid frame airship designated for scouting purposes, was built by the Goodyear‑Zeppelin Corp., of Akron, Ohio; christened 11 March 1933 by Mrs. William A. Moffett wife of Rear Admiral Moffett; and commissioned 23 June 1933, Comdr. Alger H. Dresel in command. Designed to carry five F9C biplanes, Macon received her first aircraft…

Railroad History: Centralized Traffic Control

Steven Polunsky shares this interesting discussion of railroad technology from the Tyler (Texas) Morning Telegraph, April 23, 2015: Before the 1940s, making sure two trains were not on a collision course on a line of track took the work of a lot of people. There were telegrams sent, people were stationed up and down the…

Google vs. Loch Ness Monster

Google has announced that is mounting a serious search for the Loch Ness monster because after all “What better way to advertise that you’re a search giant than to search for a giant?”  Learn more about the dauntless crew of researchers, divers, and explorers who are engaged in this quest, see the application of Google…

Lafayette, We Are Here!

During the war for independence our nation had no stronger ally than France. Much of this support was due to the insistence of a French noble who sailed to the fledgling nation and offered his aid. His name: Marie-Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette. Lafayette who presented himself to George Washington…

Suggested Reading: April/June 2015 issue of the journal “City”

The April/June 2015 issue of the journal “City” (Volume 19, Issue 2-3) includes several articles on transportation history. These appear as part of a special issue focused on “Interactions with Infrastructure as Windows into Social Worlds: A Method for Critical Urban Studies.” The articles most directly related to transportation history are: – “Interactions with infrastructure…

Historic Expeditions: Robert Peary Reaches the North Pole

Expeditions to reach places thought to be unreachable and the hardships that must be overcome capture the public imagination.  At the beginning of the 21st century we discuss the difficulties of manned voyages to Mars, at the beginning of the 20th century explorers were hoping to reach areas of our planet that were thought to…

Dixie Highway documentary

Post from Georgia DOT Comment: Good Morning, We’re in the process of completing a historic context on the Dixie Highway in Georgia to assist us with the identification and evaluation of this important historic resource, especially as it involves federal funding and road projects.  One of the public outreach components of that larger project resulted…