Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Good Roads Movement

St. Vincent was a termination point for one of the
earliest trunk highways in Minnesota...

People were sick of (getting stuck in) mud. They wanted good roads.

Lobbyists - first for the bicycle manufacturers (in the 1880s), then later the new-fangled automobile manufacturers - began pressuring Congress to fund money to build roads across the nation. Regional, state, and local 'good roads movements' sprang up, including Minnesota.

One of the first trunk highways in our area was the Jefferson Highway, better known today as Highway 75.