Thursday, October 15, 2015

TBT: 1962 Before the Interstates or Beltways

I collect maps and especially like looking at old ones which show the differences in local places. In clearing out old paperwork, I came across this one.

J. Millard Tawes was the Governor and Maryland was commemorating the Centennial of the Civil War. When this map was published, there were those who remembered that war and it was less than 20 years since WWII had ended. Vietnam was a word many of us didn't even know and unless you were Jewish, Israel and the Middle East were unknown areas except for Bible history.

The Governor's message on the back of the map recorded  that 'our state is in the midst of an accelerated program of primary road construction...'.  How our landscape would be changed could not  have been fathomed by those words. From sleepy two lane highways, the Interstates and Beltways would put cars at the center of our lives. The leisurely Sunday drive would soon be a thing of the past. We had no idea what was to come.

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