Famous Highways and Roads

 Famous Highways in America 

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Route 66

Most famous for being one of the first highways to take people across the country before newer and better highways were built.

http://www.legendsofamerica.com/66-main.html

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Pacific coast Highway

Famous for its scenery and its most iconic ribbon of asphalt. The highway opened in the late 1920’s as part of the Roosevelt Highway the highway was first named after one of the most influential presidents Teddy Roosevelt.

http://www.kcet.org/updaily/socal_focus/history/la-as-subject/from-the-roosevelt-highway-to-the-one-a-brief-history-of-pacific-coast-highway.html

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Overseas Highway

Famous for its highway mainly being over water for 113 miles long. The highway was built to cut travel time for people trying to cross the water by Ferry. The ferry ride would last as long as 4 hours to cross the water so they decided to cut travel time in half.

http://www.keyshistory.org/osh.html

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Lincoln Highway

Famous for the very first coast to coast highway; which goes through 13 states. The highway was in place over 5 decades as the most used highway until the interstate systems were put in place.

http://lincolnhighwaynebraskabyway.com/history/

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Blue Ridge Parkway

Famous for being one of the projects of the new deal during the Great Depression to provide jobs to people that were unemployed. The construction of the parkway began in September of 1935. The parkway was finally completed in 1983.

http://www.blueridgeparkway.org/v.php?pg=46

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Extraterrestrial Highway

Famous for the many UFO sightings in the area. The highway was named its name in April of 1996. The highway is situated close to the infamous Area 51 in Rachel, Nevada.

http://www.rachel-nevada.com/ethighway.html

Historic Columbia River Highway

Famous for one of earlier cliff-face road building of engineer work. The highway is one of the oldest scenic highways in america.

http://columbiariverhighway.com/columbia-river-highway-history/

Turquoise Trail

Famous for the blue-green turquoise mined by the Pueblo people, an agrarian based society dwelling along the Rio Grande as early as 900 A.D. The stone has been nationally recognized to be a precious stone along with silver and gold. In 1825 a major western gold rush years before the California gold rush. But this place has been coveted long before it was coveted for gold it was coveted for turquoise.

http://www.turquoisetrail.org/history

Beartooth Highway

Famous for it being called the most beautiful drive in America. The highway is on a mountain pass in the yellow stone national park.

http://beartoothhighway.com/

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US Highway 1

When the New England marking system was first established 1922, the Atlantic Highway within New England was signed Route 1 this highway was used as one of the most used highways until the interstates were built and when that happened Highway 1 was passed up for a faster route.

http://www.historicrouteone.com/history.php

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Great river road

Famous for the development of making a new road by combining a series of roads that already exist. The president wanted to make the road a continuous byway but funding did not allow this to happened because this was during the Great Depression.

http://www.mnmississippiriver.com/great-river-road.cfm

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White Rim Road

The road is located in the Grand Canyon. The road is made up of dirt and it has been one of the most used routes to travel inside the canyon.

http://www.utahtrails.com/WtRimRoad.html

 

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Going to the sun road

The road was completed in 1932. the road is one of the fewest in the united states to be both a National Historic Landmark and a National Civil Engineering Landmark. This road goes through Glacier National Park.

http://enjoyyourparks.com/GoingToTheSunRoad.htm

Famous Roads in America

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Pennsylvania Avenue (Washington DC)

Famous for being one of the most famous roads in America. Many Presidential inaugurational parades have been held on this street. The street is counted as a historically street also.

http://www.nps.gov/nr/travel/wash/dc41.htm

 

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Broadway (New York)

Broadway’s name may seem self-evident. However, the name is a translation from the Dutch phrase “Breedeweg,” or “broad road”.

http://www.nycgo.com/articles/nyc-street-name-meanings

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Bourbon Street (New Orleans)

Famous for the place to go to for Mardi Gras; a time to party because originally people the next day would start Lent which is a time for people to give up the stuff they love to remember what Christ did for 40 days and 40 nights until Easter. On Sunday people are allowed to indulge in that thing for that day, but when Monday comes it is back to giving up that thing again. But now days Mardi Gras is just for partying and no one really remembers the real reason Mardi Gras or also known as Fat Tuesday to Christians started.

http://gonola.com/2010/08/25/nola-history-rue-bourbon-through-the-years.html

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Hollywood Boulevard (Los Angeles)

Famous for the many entertainment that perform and have shot movies and shows there. Hollywood Boulevard was once called Prospect ave until the street was annexed by the city of Los Angeles. The very first performance to happen on Hollywood Boulevard was young parade watchers yelling “here comes Santa Claus, here comes Santa Claus” and it inspired a man named Gene Autry with a man named Oakley Haldeman, to wright the famous song Here Comes Santa Claus.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hollywood_Boulevard

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Las Vegas boulevard ( Las Vegas)

The road formally known as Las Vegas Boulevard and informally as “The Strip” has been a part of Las Vegas history from the very earliest days of settlement. It was originally a section of the Old Spanish Trail connecting Santa Fe, New Mexico to Los Angeles, traversed first by 15th century Spanish explorers and then traveled extensively by the pack trains of traders over the next 400 years.

http://begado.legitimatecasino.com/vegas-strip/

 

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Lombard Street (San Francisco)

Famous for being one of the most unique streets in San Francisco. Lombard street is the Crookedest street in the world. Some of the most expensive real Estate sits on Lombard street. The street is always alive with colors because many of the flowers are in bloom.

http://www.sftodo.com/lomabardcrookedstreet.html

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Rodeo Drive (Beverly Hills, California)

Famous for the couture fashion and designer labels. The street name refers to a 3 block strip of fashion boutiques and strips but the street itself runs further north and south.

http://rodeodrive-shop.com/info/Rodeo_Drive_History.html

Sunset Boulevard (West Hollywood, California)

Famous for being one of the places most famous people in the entertainment business were discovered.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunset_Boulevard

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Michigan Ave (Chicago, Illinois)

Michigan Avenue, also known as The Magnificent Mile, is one of the great avenues of the world. The heart of downtown Chicago and an international tourism destination, The Magnificent Mile is one of the most vibrant and successful commercial, residential, cultural and tourist areas in the world.

http://www.themagnificentmile.com/about/history/

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Canal Street (New Orleans)

It got its name for a almost constructed canal. The canal was planned but it was never built because the Civil war happened and they never got around to building instead they built office buildings that are famous today.

https://www.nola.gov/nola/media/HDLC/Historic%20Districts/Canal-Street.pdf

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Delaware Ave (Buffalo, NY)

Famous for the houses and businesses that were built to look Gothic and like they are from the Renaissance era. It is also famous for the many millionaires that lived on this street. It had a nickname of Millionaires Row because basically only people that were millionaires could afford to live in these beautiful and historic houses.

http://buffaloah.com/h/million/mr.html

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Fifth Avenue (New York)

Famous for being one of the wealthiest parts of New York City. The street is also famous for the many museums that use to be mansions in the late 19th and early 20th century.  The Empire State Building is the tallest building in the world and it is also found on 5th Avenue.

http://www.aviewoncities.com/nyc/fifthavenue.ht

 

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Mulholland Drive (Los Angeles, California)

The road is named after the civil engineer that had the idea to construct a road that has a view of mountains and of the city. The engineers name was William Mulholland. The road was opened in 1924 at first as a highway; but later was changed to Mulholland Drive.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mulholland_Drive

 

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