From wagon trails to interstate highways, this book retraces how the leaders and employees of the Washington State Department of Transportation and their predecessors helped to shape Washington's transportation system during a century of technological revolution and dramatic transformation of its communities and landscapes. Washington's transportation system includes one of the nation's finest road networks, an internationally renowned ferry system, passenger and freight rail, statewide airports, bicycle and pedestrian facilities, and a myriad of other programs.
Walt Crowley is the author of more than a dozen books on Northwest history and is director of HistoryLink.org, the free, nonprofit encyclopedia of state and local history in Washington. Kit Oldham is a staff historian for HistoryLink and a lawyer.
ForewordTransportation Before Statehood1889-1920: On the Road1921-1940: First Gear1941-1960: Stop and Go1961-1977: Pedal to the Metal1978-2000: Changing CourseA New Century: 2001 and BeyondAppendixes