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The 1919 trip that helped pave the way for the interstate

from Engineering News-Record

July 7 marked the 100th anniversary of the first U.S. Army trans-continental convoy, a test of military mobility in wartime. More than 80 trucks and other vehicles hit the roads. In all, 24 officers and 258 enlisted personnel set out on that date in 1919 from Washington, D.C., and arrived in San Francisco 61 days later. Joining the trip was an observer for the War Dept., a young lieutenant colonel with the Tank Corps, Dwight David Eisenhower. The convoy, which Eisenhower termed the "truck train," encountered roads that varied from excellent to terrible, and dealt with heat, storms, wind, quicksand and vehicular breakdowns. more

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