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Tuesday, April 01, 2008

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.

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  • At 6:35 AM, Blogger Kevin said…

    It's little known that in his later years, Mr. Frontage changed his name. He then invented a new way of pressing grapes. For this innovation, he was honored by having an entire wine variety named after him - Pinotage.

     
  • At 7:31 AM, Anonymous Stan said…

    Cool trivia. I didn't know that.

     
  • At 8:06 AM, Blogger Cowboy Blob said…

    Spread the word, Stan! Wikipedia won't even acknowledge this great man's existence!

     

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