PROMOTERS AND INVESTORS IN ANTEBELLUM AMERICA: THE SPREAD OF PLANK ROAD FEVER

This report presents the history of plank road fever in the U.S. during the mid-nineteenth century. It began in New York when George Geddes and other promoters highly exaggerated the durability of wooden surfacing. In a few years Americans built hundreds of plank roads across the country. This event illustrates how promoters spread false information in an era when there were few watchdogs against such claims. The report also provides insight into the motivations of promoters, who sought rewards other than monetary.

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    University of California, Irvine

    Institute of Transportation Studies
    4000 Anteater Instruction and Research Building
    Irvine, CA  United States  92697
  • Authors:
    • Klein, D
    • Majewski, J
  • Publication Date: 1991-5

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  • Accession Number: 00609974
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: UCI-ITS-WP-91-1
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 30 1991 12:00AM