When travelers today set out on a road trip across the United States, there are few things expect to find, and a few tools that will help them on their way. A map. Road signs. A place to fill up with fuel, or to eat. Somewhere to stay along the route as they travel to their destination.
That wasn’t always the case. After a 1904 survey revealed that only 10% of U.S. roads were paved, the government began to fund road improvements. Federal-Aid Highway Acts were passed in 1912, 1919, and 1921, and the first numbered highway system won approval in 1926. The highway system that we enjoy today was not completed until the late 1960s.