Cars and Highways

Cars and Highways

In 1914, Arizona had 12,075 miles of roads, but only 2% of these roads were paved. The same year, the Secretary of State licensed 5,040 motor vehicles. The increasing number of motor vehicles led to an increased demand for good roads. The Arizona Good Roads Association formed 1910, and in 1916 the Federal Highways Act gave states funding to finance highway building.

Read About It

Use the document analysis sheet and the photograph analysis sheet to uncover clues about the people that created the documents. 

Understand It

  1. Where did roads exist in Arizona in the 1910s? Who built roads in Arizona? What were these roads like?
  2. Who licensed cars in Arizona? What were the cars like?
  3. How are cars and roads the same today as in the 1910s? How have they changed?

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Visit the websites below to learn more. Based on this new information, have your answers to the questions above changed?

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