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Kentucky's Frontier HighwayHistorical Landscapes along the Maysville Road$
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Karl Raitz and Robert Roland-Holst

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780813136646

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813136646.001.0001

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The Changing Landscape of Mobility

The Changing Landscape of Mobility

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(p.335) 35 The Changing Landscape of Mobility
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Kentucky's Frontier Highway
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Karl Raitz

Nancy O’Malley

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University Press of Kentucky
DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813136646.003.0035

Transportation is the linchpin of America's economy and social life. Transport and the freedom and ubiquity of movement it provides lie at the very core of America's national culture. As technologies, political priorities, and social behaviors change through time, we in turn exact change on various elements of our built environment, especially our transportation networks. The study of old roadway landscapes is endlessly fascinating because roads are windows into past aspirations, technologies, politics, and economies. This chapter discusses the American embrace of mobility in the context of the Maysville Road. As each new transportation mode was invented and developed, Americans embraced it, often at the cost of eliminating earlier transport configurations and their associated landscapes. The Maysville Road's story is more than a regional epic; it is also the story of how Americans embraced mobility as a cornerstone of their cosmology—their fundamental philosophy of how they believe the world should work.

Keywords:   Landscape, Roads, Mobility, Transportation, Technology, Engineering, Politics

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