Climb in and start ‘er up. We’re going to take a little drive today on Engineering Works!
If you’re going to have wheels, you need roads. If you’re going to have roads, you need engineers.
The old Roman military engineers got a lot of ink in the history books for their roads, but the Egyptians got there first. Ancient Egyptian engineers built the first paved road. more than 2,000 years before the Romans built even a hiking trail. It wasn’t much of a road â€” seven-and-a-half miles that linked a rock quarry to the Nile River; but it was first.
Today, we take paved roads for granted, from city streets to the interstates that connect cities. It hasn’t always been that way. In fact, it really hasn’t been that way very long. Until the 1920s, most highways in the United States were dirt roads. In fact, in 1919, Dwight Eisenhower, then an Army officer, drove across the country on those dirt roads. It took him two months.
President Eisenhower later signed the law that started construction of our nationwide system of divided interstate highways. Now we have more than four million miles of paved public highways.
And just in case you wondered â€” the first recorded traffic accident involving a motor vehicle happened in New York City in 1896. A motorist hit a bicycle rider and spent the night in jail.
That’s the end of today’s trip. Drive safely.
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