History of Transportation, General Resources

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Ancient Trade Routes - History of Automobiles - History of Aviation - History of Railroads - History of Ships - History of Transportation General Resources




Air Transportation: History of Commercial Air Freight __ "Early aviation promoters were always looking for practical uses for the airplane. One idea was to use them as carriers of freight. The first practical demonstration of air freight occurred in November 1910 when a department store shipped a bolt of silk by air from Dayton to Columbus, Ohio."  An overview of air freight history. - From centennialofflight.gov - http://www.centennialofflight.gov/essay/Commercial_Aviation/AirFreight/Tran10.htm

America on the Move __ This major new exhibition examines how transportation—from 1876 to the present—has shaped our American identity. Chose from three different themes and find interactive activities for the kids. - illustrated - From Smithsonian Institution - http://americanhistory.si.edu/onthemove/index.html

Ancient/Medieval World History - Historic Transportation Image Archive __ Images of transportation through the ages in this commercial website. - illustrated - From ahrtp.com - http://www.ahrtp.com/

Ancient Roman Transportation __ A brief overview of Roman transportation with embedded links to related subjects. - From mariamilani.com - http://www.mariamilani.com/ancient_rome/ancient_roman_transportation.htm

Brief History of the Direct Federal Highway Construction Program __ "The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and its predecessor agencies have been directly engaged in the location, design, and construction of public roads, giving access to and through the National Parks, the National Forests, and other areas within the Federal domain since 1905." A good look at Federal road building in the U.S. - From fhwa.dot.gov - http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/infrastructure/blazer01.cfm

A Brief History of Road Building __ "From the earliest times, one of the strongest indicators of a society's level of development has been its road system-or lack of one."  A history of road building from ancient times till present. - From triplenine.org - http://www.triplenine.org/articles/roadbuilding.asp  

Category:History of transportation __ Index of articles related to the history of transportation found in Wikipedia - From wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:History_of_transportation


Highway History __ Information about the history and construction of the U.S. highway system. - From dot.gov - http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/infrastructure/history.cfm

History of Chinese Transportation __ "It is stated by leading authorities that no form of wheeled vehicle existed in China prior to the introduction from Central Asia of the chariot around 1200 b.c. "  A general overview of Chinese transportation history. - From chinatownconnection.com - http://www.chinatownconnection.com/chinese_transportation.htm

History of transport __ An encyclopedic article about the history of transportation along with links to related materials. - From wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_transport

History of Transportation. __ A video of the history of transportation in the United States.  No narrative, just music. - video - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vNgAHOIofpI

The History of Transportation __ You will find a transportation history timeline and a few articles. - illustrated - From future-alternative-energy.net - http://www.future-alternative-energy.net/history-of-transportation.html     

The History of Transportation __ Annotated timeline from 3500BCE through present along with links to related materials, transportation inventions, specialized histories and more. - illustrated - From About.com - http://inventors.about.com/library/inventors/bl_history_of_transportation.htm

The history of transportation __ "Many people today take for granted the very means of travel available to them. Few stop to think of how life would be different had man never tamed that first wild horse, or shaped that very first wheel. How did ancient man hit on these life-altering ideas? Where did the thought first originate? How have the advances of time led humanity from the ground to the stars? "  You will find an essay on the subject. - From essortment.com - http://www.essortment.com/all/transportationh_rgly.htm


The History of Transportation __ Annotated timeline of transportation history along with articles and links to related materials. - illustrated - From future-alternative-energy.net - http://www.future-alternative-energy.net/history-of-transportation.html

The History of Transportation on the Mississippi River __ You will find a detailed multi-part history of transportation on the Mississippi river. - From hamline.edu - http://cgee.hamline.edu/rivers/Resources/Voices/transportation1.htm

The History of Transportation Technologies __ A good article about the history of transportation technology. - From fi.edu / Robert C. Post, Ph.D. - http://www.fi.edu/learn/case-files/transportation.html

The History of Transportation in the United States: Ships, Trains, Cars and Planes __ A brief history of transportation in the United States. - From manythings.org - http://www.manythings.org/voa/history/249.html

Public Transportation History for kids __ A good overview of the history of public transportation for kids.  Sort of a combination essay and timeline. - From strange-facts.info - http://www.strange-facts.info/public-transportation-history

Roman Roads - Ancient Rome for Kids __ A history of road building in ancient Rome for the younger set. - From mrdonn.org - http://rome.mrdonn.org/romanroads.html 

Transport Canada __ History and current state of transportation in Canada.  An encyclopedic article with links to related materials. - From Wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transport_Canada

Transportation in Ancient Egypt __ "The Nile River provided a natural highway for transporting large quantities of goods in Ancient Egypt. The trip from Memphis to Thebes took about two weeks during the flood season, while it could have taken up to two months in the dry season. "  An overview of ancient Egyptian transportation. - From historylink101.net - http://historylink101.net/egypt_1/a-transportation.htm


Transportation History Collection: Railroads __ "The Transportation History Collection in the Special Collections Library of the University of Michigan contains a unique body of printed and visual materials on transportation technology and travel. Although there are printed items from as early as 1588, the majority of the material is from the 19th and early 20th centuries."  You may search the collection. - From lib.umich.edu - http://quod.lib.umich.edu/r/railroad/

Types of Transportation, Transportation Through History __ A great place for the introduction of transportation for kids.  Games. powerpoint presentations and more. - From pppst.com - http://themes.pppst.com/transportation.html 

Virginia Department of Transportation History of Roads __ Actually it is just a history of roads in Virginia but still a good resource. A PDF file - illustrated - From virginiadot.org - http://www.virginiadot.org/about/resources/historyofrds.pdf     

WestWeb: Western Transportation History __ "A collection of resources of use to those studying Western American history. This page deals specifically with Western transportation history." - illustrated - From Catherine Lavender - http://www.library.csi.cuny.edu/westweb/pages/transport.html

Women in Transportation __ Find information about the role of women in the history of American transportation. - illustrated - From fhwa.dot.gov - http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/wit/page1.htm


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