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Americans Adopt the Auto:
Americans Adopt the Auto — Better Roads

Pavement marker
Catalog #: 2002.0130.01, Accession #: 2002.013
Currently on display
From the Smithsonian Collection
This pavement marker was from Fresno, California
Physical Description
artifact. 7" x 6 1/4" x 2" ; cast brass, cast brass, marked: Warrenite Bitulithic Pavement, Reg U.S. Patent Office, Laid Under Patents May ?? May 31, 1910, October 27th, 1914, May 16th, 1916, May 7th, 1918 and others, flange on back was sunk in pavement, two protruding tabs (one missing) kept marker from floating free.
Date Made:
about 1918
Gift of James L. Martin

Roads that had been improved for bicycles in the 1890s were often ruined by automobile traffic, and dirt roads remained impassable for much of the year. Early cars-particularly the Ford Model T, which sat up high-were designed to cope with rural roads, but roads had to change to accommodate cars. In 1904 only one-sixth of rural public roads had any kind of surfacing. By 1935, more than a third of rural roads were surfaced, and many were paved with concrete and asphalt for motor traffic.

Related People, Places, and Events
James L. Martin
Donated in 2002

Place of Use
Fresno, California

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