Interstate Highways

1950's Invention

Interstate Highway Info:

  • Formed June 29, 1956
  • The Dwight D. Eisenhower National System of Interstate and Defense Highways (commonly known as the Interstate Highway System, Interstate Freeway System, Interstate System, or simply the Interstate) is a network of freeways that forms a part of the National Highway System of the United States. The system is named for President Dwight D. Eisenhower, who championed its formation. Construction was authorized by the Federal Aid Highway Act of 1956, and the original portion was completed 35 years later. The network has since been extended, and as of 2010, it had a total length of 47,182 miles making it the world's second longest after China's Great Wall.

What factors in American society led to the creation and/or rise in popularity of this invention?

President Dwight D. Eisenhower main goal for this invention was to support military and civil defense operations, particularly troop movements and to support automobiles and large trucks.

Interstate Highways Pictures:

One of the greatest inventions of the 1950's

How Did Invention Change American Society?

This invention has enhanced international security, permitted the cherished freedom of personal mobility to flourish and enriched the quality of life for virtually every American. It was a big step for the government to develop interstate highways due to the cost and time.

Turning Point In American Life

I feel this invention was a turning point in American society because it made it easier for people to travel long distances, it has saved millions of lives and