About the Author

David Blanke is Joe B. Frantz Associate Professor of History at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. He earned his BS at the University of Kentucky and his MA and PhD at Loyola University Chicago.

Rise of the Automobile

Transcontinental Road Map (c.1918)


The Library of Congress American Memory project offers a searchable database on thousands of primary sources. Search under automobile accidents, maps, drivers, or races to get a wide range of early images and brochures. Below is a transcontinental road map of the United States, published by the American Automobile Association in 1918. Students can follow the major paved roads and examine which areas of the country were best served by the rapid rise of automobile use.

To download the map at full size, follow that link above, click on the image of the map, and then choose "Download JPEG2000 image (10721 kilobytes)" from the bottom of the page.


American Automobile Association. "General map of transcontinental routes with principal connections." c.1918. From the Library of Congress.