Being my travels down those great two lane highways of this nation as well as news I learn about them from media sources. Since I'm also very interested in historic preservation, there will be a lot of that as well.
Saturday, March 8, 2014
Thomas MacDonald: "Forgotten" Road Man-- Part 3
Thomas MacDonald supervised the construction of 3.5 million miles of highway. Later, he also personally directed the construction of the Alaskan Highway. //// Historian Stephen B. Goddard says MacDonald "was a force as powerful as his counterpart at the FBI, J. Edgar Hoover, yet virtually unknown to most Americans." (Myself included.) //// He was born in Colorado, but his family returned to Poweshick County when he was a youngster. He attended school in Montezuma, Iowa. His father was a partner in T. Harris & Company, a grain and lumber dealer. Thomas grew up very frustrated by the poor state of Iowa's roads. //// Roads back then had been essentially forgotten with all importance placed on railroads. //// More to Come. --RoadDog