Tour the Grand Central of the Jet Age

Recently, Wired magazine profiled the TWA Flight Center at JFK Airport, which opened in 1962 and was called the “Grand Central of the jet age” by architect Robert A.M. Stern.  The facility is currently being used by jetBlue, which is planning to convert it into a hotel.  Photographer Max Touhey provides a look at what remains…

50th Anniversary: Voting Rights Act

The Voting Rights Act was enacted 50 years ago on August 6, 2015 in response to civil rights marches throughout the American South.  While transportation is commonly considered as the act of moving people or goods from one place to another in the case of the voting rights act it was necessary for advocates and…

The Father of Route 66

For those interested in the history of Route 66 Susan Croce Kelly has written a book, Father of Route 66: The Story of Cy Avery.  From the publisher’s website: If it weren’t for Cy Avery’s dreams of better roads, the United States would never have gotten Route 66. This book is the story of Avery, his…

Funding Roads

The Journal of American History has an new article for those interested in the history of US transportation finance policy: “Fueling the Boom: Gasoline Taxes, Invisibility, and the Growth of the American Highway Infrastructure, 1919–1956,” by Christopher Wells (Journal of American History, Vol. 99, no. 1, 2012, pp. 72-81). An excerpt: “In 1938, in Santa Fe,…