Milwaukee to Green Bay, 1843 - by Increase Allen Lapham, Wisconsin Magazine of History, Wisconsin Electronic Reader.
The Illustrating Traveler - Beinecke Library, Yale, displays original art from 18th and 19th century illustrated travelers' tales from the high Arctic to the Caribbean.
Taming the Wilderness - Rivers, Roads, Canals, and Railroads, an online exhibition from Conner Prairie.
New York Travel Diorama - Eight WPA Dioramas depict Oneida County early transportation. Children's Museum of Utica, NY.
How to Build a Road: A 19th Century Primer - from the Crossroads Project, University of Virginia.
Moving Around - A century of transportation in Connecticut - Connecticut History Outline.
Water Ways West: The 1772 Map - New York State Museum
The Durham Project - Historical research by the The New York State Museum
The South Hadley Canal Committee - United States first canal from Ted Belsky
History of the Erie Canal -University of Rochester
Cleveland's First Infrastructure: The Ohio and Erie Canal - Cleveland State University Library.
Middlesex Canal -Medford Historical Society, Medford, Massachusetts
Maine's Water Routes - Gulf of Maine Aquarium site about Maine's early waterways.
On the Great Hopewell Road - A collection of opinions about this archaelogical puzzle, gathered (and commented upon)
Highway History Bibliography by the Federal Highway Authority
Interactive Map of Westward Expansion - Houghton Mifflin
The Mormon Pioneer National Historic Trail - National Park Service
Historic American Highways - A timeline (1539-1841) of national transportation milestones from Maggie Stewart-Zimmerman via ROOTSWEB. See also Maggie's map and collected stories on Ohio's early migration routes
ROUTES / Travel Then
Two Tours To New Connecticut (1811)
While English teenagers went off on The Grand Tour of European antiquities, many American lads were arming themselves with an "instrument of death" and heading west to survey family lands. On May 29, 1811, nineteen year old Henry Leavitt Ellsworth, left the comforts of Elmwood. ...Continue
A Winter Journey (1817)
On March 30, 1817, Mary Hosmer wrote from Seville, OH, to her parents in Connecticut, "Beloved Parents: ...we were five weeks getting to Wadsworth Center. We had a very good road as far as Albany. From there to Canandaigua was very bad. ...Continue
The Bones of the Schooners (1918)
In 1918, as young lads along the river in Vermilion, Ohio, we scooted around Tom Ball's shanty, his boats and the old lime kiln. It was our heaven beside the river, climbing on piles of lumber in the shade of the apple tree. Those were adventurous years. The artifacts around us were things. ...Continue
The Little Falls Canal (1797) - New York State Museum Durham Project
In a time when roads were little more than dirt paths cut through the wilderness, easily turned into quagmires by melting snow or a sudden shower, these waterways represented the only reasonable means of transportation. ...Continue
Early Emigrant Trails
Trails made by wild animals in search of food or drink existed upon the earth long before the appearance of man, changing very slowly as local conditions were altered by erosion, climatic shifts or other causes. People began using these trails because they led to salt licks and to other. ...Continue