Founding the NHS – Resources

Eno has posted the transcripts from Clay Committee meetings October 7 and 8, 1954. The President’s Advisory Committee (often referred to as the “Clay Committee” for its chairman, General Lucius Clay) on a National Highway Program was set up to provide President Eisenhower with a plan to finance the proposed Interstate Highway System. Go to…

New Book: Forging the Bee Line Railroad

Arthur Andrew Olson III has written a new book – Forging the “Bee Line” Railroad, 1848–1889: The Rise and Fall of Hoosier Partisans and the Cleveland Clique John Howard Brown reviews the book for the Economic History Association. An excerpt: The author presents this convoluted history adequately, although greater organizational clarity would have been a boon.…

120th Anniversary of Oldsmobile

August 21st was the 120th anniversary of the founding of Oldsmobile. Ransom E. Olds founded the Olds Motor Vehicle Company in Lansing, MI in 1897.  Check out more information at the U.S. Census site commemorating the anniversary. ~Thanks to Alan Pisarski for this post

Resources: Founding the Interstate Highway System

The Eno Center for Transportation has posted documents related to the Cabinet Meeting on 30 September 1955 held after President Eisenhower’s heart attack. The resources include: A one-page memo dated September 26 from Cabinet Secretary Max Rabb to White House Chief of Staff Sherman Adams suggesting that a Cabinet meeting be held. A two-page agenda…

Highway of Tomorrow?

Check out the recent San Francisco Chronicle article “When the Bayshore Freeway was the Bay Area’s ‘Highway of Tomorrow’.” The article looks back at the San Francisco Bay Area community’s mixed response to the opening of a newfangled freeway in 1947/48. ~Thanks to Asha W. Agrawal for this post