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Country Road: 1940

Country Road: 1940

October 1940. "U.S. Highway 83, Ward County, North Dakota." Medium format acetate negative by John Vachon for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

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"The Boy," 1948.

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"Death on the Ridge Road" -- Grant Wood, 1935

Before There Were Interstates

... major routes had been designated U.S. Highways since 1926, even though they were funded entirely on a state or local basis. Even-numbering indicated east-west routes, while odd-numbering indicated north-south. Two digits indicated main highways; three indicated spur routes.

Interestingly, the advent of Interstate highways, beginning in 1956, did not completely supplant the U.S. system, to which new routes are occasionally still added.

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