Thursday, July 9, 2015

Thomas MacDonald "Forgotten" Road Man-- Part 5

Continued from March 12, 2014.

Thomas MacDonald was appointed Assistant in Charge of Good Roads Investigation for the Iowa State Highway Commission, overseeing a budget of $5,000 a year.  He soon moved and became president of the American Association of State Highway Officials (AASHO) at age 38 in 1919.

he then became the Chief of the Bureau of Public Roads and quickly put together a coalition including Portland Cement Association, the American Automobile Association, the Rubber Association of America and several other groups.

he was so powerful that when visiting towns he was given rooms in the finest hotels, free food and drink and guided tours of local roads.

In general, he argued that roads wouldn't take away from the railroads, they could complement each other.


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