August 13th 1956, construction began on what became the starting point of modern America: the Interstate Highway System.
The initial proposal to Congress for the ribbons of pavement that would web this whole country together came first in 1939, but actual construction began on August 13th, 1956.
It was just a few months after Eisenhower signed the Federal Aid Highway Act. Construction started first in Missouri then Kansas, and spread from there developing existing highways into our interstates.
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