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Friday, April 01, 2005

American Streets

Do you know what is the most common street name in the US? Your first thought is probably "Main Street," but that would be wrong. The most common street name is "Second Street." "Main" and "First" are nowhere near the top. Now, can you name the most common thoroughfare named after a person? Washington? Franklin? King? How about Frontage?



Emil Frontage was a French engineer who was befriended by General Dwight Eisenhower during World War 2. It was Frontage (pronounced like "fromage") who pointed out the strong points of the German Autobahn to Ike who, in turn, would establish the National Defense (or Interstate) Highway System to link America's cities by roadways. It's a rare city that doesn't honor Emil with at least one Frontage Road, although the pronunciation has been Americanized over the years.

4 Comments:

  • At 1:25 PM, Blogger mark said…

    So this is the guy that put the nail in the coffin of American passenger railroad

     
  • At 5:59 AM, Blogger prairie biker said…

    I think there's more to the story. Just after WWI, a young Lt. Eisenhower was tasked with taking a supply movement cross country over the roads of the day to see what it would take in order to plan for that sort of contingency. It took him more than a month. That's a big factor in his motivation to mimic the Autobahn system.

     
  • At 7:41 AM, Blogger Cowboy Blob said…

    Okay guys...the Ike thing is true, but the Frontage guy is a hoax.

     
  • At 6:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    nora> he

     

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