Re: The Interstate Highway System is 50 years old.
When I was on vacation in Iowa last week, I guess Ike's grandson was in the state as part of an anniversary tour.
I don't think it's necessarily fair to say that the interstate begat the homogonized fast food restaurants, hotels and convenience stores you see off the exits. If there was no interstate, I believe these places would have popped up anyway.
A few years ago I was going on vacation back to Iowa. I had to go to LaGrange, KY the morning I was leaving and planned on heading to Indy from Louisville. I got impatient about halfway to Indy and turned off on State Route 46 which would take me to Terre Haute and I could catch 74 from there. Boy, was that a mistake. I barely went over 50 on that road. When I finally got to Terre Haute there was a huge traffic jam on I-70 and I had to take some more back roads in Illinois to finally get to I-74. I bet that detour added at least a couple of hours on to my trip. I blame myself for not being more patient but those back roads are not as romantic as people make them out to be.