Transport Topics, a weekly trade newspaper covering trucking and freight transportation, published a feature story on the 50th anniversary of the Interstate Highway System. in 1956, President Eisenhower signed the legislation to create the network later named for him.
As a temporary colonel in the Army Tank Corp., Eisenhower was on the 1919 military convoy from Washington, D.C., to San Francisco and learned firsthand of the serious need to improve the nation's roads. He later saw the German autobahn after World War II and began promoting the need to improve the nation's roads for defense purposes, moving troops and equipment where needed.
His great-grandson, Merrill Eisenhower Atwater, was on the 50th anniversary convoy from San Francisco to Washington in 2006. The 2006 trip was far easier than the 1919 convoy.