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The Gospel of Good Roads: A Letter to the American Farmer, 1891

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The Gospel of Good Roads: A Letter to the American Farmer, 1891
NMAH, Transportation Collections

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This object appears in the following sections:


Technology
Smithsonian Bicycle Collection — Bicycle History from the late 19th century

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

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The Gospel of Good Roads: A Letter to the American Farmer
Currently on display
From the Smithsonian Collection
Pamphlets such as this one promoted support for good roads in the late 1800s. The League of American Wheelmen-an organization of bicyclists-distributed about 5 million tracts calling for road improvements.
Physical Description
pamphlet
Details
Date Made:
1891
History
American roads in the late 19th century, especially those in rural areas, were often poorly maintained and poorly surfaced. In the 1880s, as more Americans began to ride bicycles, which needed a smoother road surface than a horse drawn vehicle, organizations of bicyclists started calling for better roads. They were often joined by railroad companies who wanted to improve the connections between farmers and other businesses and the rail station.

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