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Becoming the ‘Good Roads’ State

North Carolina wasn’t always known as the “Good Roads State.” Much of the state was still stuck in the mud until 1921, when North Carolina passed the Good Roads Act, paying for 8,000 miles of paved roads. While this was a start, it wasn’t until 1948 that a statewide referendum would fund an additional 14,000 miles of paved roads, connecting textile industry and farmers to national railroad and waterway networks and spurring economic growth.

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  • Asheville, N.C., Biltmore House & Lake. North Carolina Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Library
  • Busbee Road entrance to Biltmore Forest, Bilmore, N.C. near Asheville. North Carolina Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Library
  • Mr. J. M. Jones with twenty three bales of cotton on two wagons stopping in front of The Barnes & Holliday Co., Store, brought twelve miles, showing the advantage of our good roads progress. ca. 1912. North Carolina Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Library
  • Good Roads, leading to Winston-Salem, N.C. North Carolina Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Library
  • A man and car stuck in the mud. Courtesy of the North Carolina Office of Archives and History, Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Harriet Morehead Berry. Courtesy of the North Carolina Office of Archives and History, Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Locke Craig, Cameron Morrison and Thomas Bickett. North Carolina Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Library
  • 1920s International Truck Transporting Cows, item ua100_014-005-bx0015-011-018. Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, North Carolina.
  • North Carolina state highway system, 1922. North Carolina Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Library
  • General Mills Trucks 1947. Courtesy of the North Carolina Office of Archives and History, Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Governor W. Kerr Scott addresses women at unknown Home Demonstration event. Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, North Carolina.
  • Governor W. Kerr Scott, item 0007384. Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, North Carolina.
  • People lining up to vote. 1950. Daily Reflector Negative Collection (#741), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.
  • NC State University, Civil Engineering , highway research. Item 0230388. Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, North Carolina.
  • North Carolina primary highway system.1951. North Carolina Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Library

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