George Washington (1789-1797): The Transportation Safety President

In the 18th century, the American economy thrived because of our Atlantic seaports. In the 19th century, canals, steam-powered boats, and railroads helped create mighty cities along the Mississippi River and the Great Lakes. In the 20th century, streetcars and subways brought people to downtowns and then highways spread out our homes, factories, offices, and stores.

New transportation projects and technologies shape how and where we live, and they are also important symbols of an interconnected, sprawling country. The transcontinental railroad, interstate highways, and the first trip to the moon were all great sources of national pride.

After reading about our presidents, you will be surprised, better informed, and have a different perspective about our country. We promise.

The Eno Center was founded in 1921 by William Phelps Eno, who had a passion for improving traffic safety. So too did the “father of our country.”

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