An Interurban History: The Transportation Legacy of Charles L. Henry
By: Yorgo Douramacos.
A history of the interurban. Click here or on the image to download the pdf.
A Military History of Rail
By: Ariel Wagner.
The U.S. Military's role in rail expansion. Click here or on the image to download the pdf.
Equality on the Railroad
By: Ariel Wagner.
Women's roles during rail expansion and development. Click here or on the image to download the pdf.
History is not the study of a fossilized past.
It is the dynamic and ever shifting answer to the question “How did we get here?”
Indiana has been in the business of devising solutions to transportation problems for as long as it has been a state. It’s first state capitol (1) was located along the central shipping artery of the Ohio River. Its current capitol was only established on the erroneous promise that interior waterways could be made navigable. When that turned out not to be the case the push for roads saw the National Road (2) pass through its middle and local road building assume immense importance.
From connecting it state capitol to helping build the National Road. From the coming of rail in the 1830s to pioneering work in the area of mass transit (3) in the early twentieth century. From the auto building boom to its current status as the Crossroads of America thanks to Eisenhower’s interstate system. Indiana has always been a place where movement was central to identity and development.
But history is a story of changes and change never stops. Transportation has been at the center of Indiana’s entire history and will remain so into its far future. The more important question now is not “How did we get here?” It is, “Where to next?”
For those interested in additional materials, please consider reading any of the following below:
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- DeBlasio, D. (2011). Twilight Rails: The Final Era of Railroad Building in the Midwest (review). Technology and Culture, 52(3), 635-636.
- Faulk, D., Hicks, M., & Kroll, K. (2013). Public Transportation in Indiana.
- Heinberg, R. (2012). The End of Growth: Adapting to Our New Economic Reality. New Society Publishers.
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- Jacobs, J. (1992). The Death and Life of Great American Cities. Vintage.
- Jones, A. (2012). Applying a European Urban-Style Light Rail Transit Design Approach in North America. Sustaining the Metropolis, 151.
- Kirby, R. S. (2012). A Railroad Atlas of the United States in 1946–Volume 3: Indiana, Lower Michigan, and Ohio. Cartographic Perspectives, (67), 75.
- Kunstler, J. H. (1994). Geography Of Nowhere: The Rise And Decline of America's Man-Made Landscape. Simon and Schuster.
- Kunstler, J. H. (2007). The long emergency: Surviving the end of oil, climate change, and other converging catastrophes of the twenty-first century. Grove Press.
- Lichter, D. T., & Brown, D. L. (2011). Rural America in an urban society: Changing spatial and social boundaries. Annual Review of Sociology, 37, 565-592.
- Litman, T. (2011). Smart Congestion Reductions II--Reevaluating The Role Of Public Transit For Improving Urban Transportation.
- Ndengu, B., & Sherlock, J. P. (2011). A comparison of high-speed rail networks in the United States and France.
- Nikiforuk, A. (2012). The Energy of Slaves: Oil and the New Servitude. Greystone Books Ltd.
- Protopapas, A., & Villa, J. C. (2011). Freight Transportation and Greenhouse Gases in North America. In Transportation Research Board 90th Annual Meeting (No. 11-2068).
- Scherer, M. (2010). Is Light Rail More Attractive to Users Than Bus Transit?.Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, 2144(1), 11-19.
- Schwartz, T. M., & Hawkins, H. (2013). High–speed rail in the USA: on track or not?. International Journal of Technology, Policy and Management, 13(2), 153-169.