Onramps and Overpasses: A Cultural History of Interstate Travel

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This book is a kind of mélange of American history-and-lit anecdotes, organized by Perrier around the sections of interstate to which they relate. In a section about I-81, for example, you'll get over two pages about the "culinary heritages" of the various settlers in the regions along what became I-81's path from Tennessee to the Canadian border. The settlers and visitors that she writes about througout were in these locales ahead of the interstates, but one of Perrier's main points is that our interstates evolved from "traces" patterned along the land by Native Americans and by migrating animals long before the white settlers came. So the book's 20th century-sounding title is misleading. Taken on its own terms (if readers have the patience to figure them out), this book is a fine resource for historical anecdote tied to regional America. Armchair or U.S. backroads travelers should also consider.—MH
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813033983
  • Publisher: University Press of Florida
  • Publication date: 11/15/2009
  • Edition description: First
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Dianne Perrier is a freelance writer and editor who splits her time between Ontario, Canada, and Fernandina Beach, Florida.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2011

    Recommended if you drive a vehicle

    Informative, full of very interesting, funny stories of the history of the interstate highway system.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2009


    What a read! I now see the interstates with a whole new perspective. I'd be hard pressed to identify my favorite story from the book -- it's quite a cast of characters. And it's definitely on my gift-giving list. Snowbirds, history buffs and armchair travelers would all enjoy.

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