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The History of the Automobile in America,

it’s mechanical and auto body technology and development, the people who drive them, the laws they are subject to, the evolution of the roads they drive on, and almost inevitably, the technology required to recover a collision-damaged vehicle and return it to drivable condition, are all intertwined. The history of the collision repair industry, most specifically, the many companies that support the industry, have a long and interestingly varied past.

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Monday, April 1, 2013


After the Boonesborough Turnpike Road in Maryland was paved with “macadam  in 1823, the next section of paved road of any note in America was the paving, with Trinidad asphalt, of Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C. in 1876.  Authorized by President Grant, the paving job was somewhat of an experiment conducted by the army engineers to study the use of asphalt for road building.  Interestingly, the largest road building project in the United States almost 100 years later, the interstate highway system built during the 1950’s was, ostensibly, also associated with the US military, the road serving as a way to shuttle troops around the country.  Ironically, the development of the interstate highway system, cheap gas, and burgeoning economy during the 1950’s and 1960’s would send automobile accident rates soaring!

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