A brief and breezy glimpse at a number of America's most important routes of travel with short summaries of their historical evolvement from a nearly trackless wilderness. Among the stories told are those of the early coastal roads of colonial days, the Boston Post Road, the Wilderness Road, the Lancaster Pike, the Natchez Trace, the National Road, also known as the Cumberland Road and more simply as the Pike, the Santa Fe Trail, the Oregon and Mormon Trails, early overland routs to the California gold fields, the World War II-built Alaska Highway. There are also short, inter-related bits about the coming of railroads, canals, the buggy and bicycle, car, and finally truck transportation and the effect of all these transportation means upon the building of highways. With a look into the future and a section explaining route markings and numbers. Well-written and informative.