June 29, 1956, was a big day in the United States. It was on this day President Dwight Eisenhower signed the Federal Aid Highway Act of 1956.
This video, narrated by Walter Cronkite and produced by Caterpillar, explains the provisions of the Federal Aid Highway Act and how the interstate highway system in the United States came about. It also delves into how the interstates were received in various towns across the nation, such as Rolla, Missouri, and Allentown, Pennsylvania.
If nothing else, watch this for the cars, trucks, and off road equipment. It’s eye candy of the highest form.
As a Missourian, not only is Rolla (one of my favorite towns anywhere) examined, it also shows how the first interstate highway project in the nation was built in St. Charles, Missouri.
I hope you enjoy this very informative video. Thanks to George Ferencz (formerly Sally Sublette) for sending this to me.