For most of the 200 years from 1600 to 1800, the basic means of transportation, other than human feet, was horse-drawn wagons and carriages. The following 200 years, from 1800 up to the present time, brought changes that no one could have imagined in the early 1800s, and the United States grew into an economic colossus where buyers and sellers could consider the whole country one enormous market connected by road, rail, air and even the airwaves.
The history of private and commercial transportation in the United States is thoroughly covered in this chronology. It begins with December 10, 1672, when New York and Massachusetts agreed to start a monthly postal service between New York City and Boston and thus encourage the development of roads and communication. It concludes with April 14, 2003, when British Airways and Air France announced that they would discontinue the supersonic Concorde’s commercial service in October 2003.
|Publisher:||McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.28(d)|
About the Author
Statistical analyst Russell O. Wright is the author of a series of Chronology reference works on subjects including American housing, education, immigration, public health, transportation, and the stock market. He is also the author of several McFarland baseball books and lives in Rancho Palos Verdes, California.
Table of Contents
|Chronology of Transportation||31|
|Appendix 1||Cars Registered||111|
|Appendix 2||Railroad Mileage||113|
|Appendix 3||Trolley and Bus Patronage||115|
|Appendix 4||Total Mass Transit Patronage||119|
|Appendix 5||Mass Transit Trips per Capita||123|