History of U.S. Transportation

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Turtle Submarine

1776

A one-man submarine designed and built by David Bushnell to attach bombs to British warships during the American revolutionary war.

Mohl, Michael. "NavSource Online: Submarine Photo Archive." Submarine Photo Index. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 May 2014.

Lancaster Turnpike

1794

Lancaster Turnpike opened, first successful toll road. This gave travelers an easier way to reach the Northwest territory.

Robert Fulton, Steamboats

1807

The invention of the steamboat made it easier to transport goods.

Erie Canal

1825

This water route, dug by hand, resulted in an economic boom for the nation; the shipping of goods was much more efficient and less costly.

First Transcontinetnal Railroad

1869

This allowed the transportation of people and goods to be quicker and safer.

Pneumatic Subway

1870

Alfred Ely Beach builds a pneumatic subway under Broadway in New York.

Eads Bridge

1874

This major construction project, designed and built by James Buchanan Eads, crosses the Mississippi River.

Gasoline-powered Car

1892

In a loft in Springfield, Massachusetts, brothers Frank and Charles Duryea fabricate the first gasoline-powered automobile built in the United States.

PBS. PBS, n.d. Web. 20 May 2014.

Airplane

1903

The Wright Brothers break the flight barrier with a gasoline-powered plane.

Model T

1908

Henry Ford introduces his Model T automobile. People could get around quicker, and even the average customer could afford one.