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U.S. 40: Cross Section of the United States of America Hardcover – 1953

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  • Hardcover: 311 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin; 1st edition (1953)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0007DMWUG
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.9 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #760,387 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Doug Erlandson TOP 50 REVIEWER on June 14, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I discovered this book in the early 1960s when I happened upon it in our local public library. Being a kid who was fascinated by our country in general and highway travel in particular (my parents and I traveled to the 48 contiguous states and seven Canadian provinces when I was young), I checked this book out of the library. I read it and reread it. Even today, more than 50 years later, I still have pictures in my head of some of the photographs in this book, and I well remember what George Stewart wrote about various parts of this route that began in Atlantic City, NJ and went all the way to the Bay Area of California. I highly recommend this book for anyone wanting to experience what travel in this country was like back before the interstate highway system was developed and its engendering of motel and fast-food chains that have greatly reduced the local and regional variations that used to be so much a part of the landscape of our country.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Simple soul on December 18, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Like Mr Erlandson, I traveled a lot with my parents as a child. This book is my favorite of all time because Mr Stewart related the history of this route across the nation. Few numbered highways now extend from coast to coast, and when the book was written in the 1940's, this was the road closest to the center of the nation. On one of the first long drives I made with my family, in 1957, we followed US 40 from Winnimucca to Granby, Colorado, where we turned off to visit Rocky Mountain National Park for the first time.
This book, that highway, impressed me so much that just last September, 2014, I drove it again from Salt Lake City to Granby.
A major feature of Mr Stewart's book is the foreword, in which he describes the development of our current highway numbering system. Few people now understand what the number labels on our highways mean.
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By Todd Williams on June 28, 2015
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I had both books from a library discard. I had lived near the beginning (AC, NJ) and later in SF, CA, the end of this national highway. Surprisingly as it turned out, my partner and I moved back to AC, NJ, and he was thrilled that he now had lived at both ends of Hgwy. 40 too. I made the mistake of loaning them to what I thought was a sweet, bright, responsible waitress, Laura, in Philadelphia that wanted to travel cross country She would, defiantly, not return them! So I found these, not an easy thing, on Amazon and love having them, on display in Atlantic City. Historic highway travel is great fun and a great education.
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