Transportation History can be understood
through the documents and stories of the people and companies that
connected industries and communities. Trails and natural waterways
have given rise to canals, roads, railroads, highways and airports.
They have had a major influence on history of localities and their
Rails and Trails shares primary source materials
and research on the history of transportation in Ohio and North
America. Although its emphasis is on railroads, a comprehensive
study includes other transportation modes that compete with railroads.
The web can organize and display materials in public and private
collections without the need to visit and handle the fragile or
restricted access originals. This is transforming the study of history.
Some of the digital downloads on this site use the DjVu format.
Additional resources can be found at Historical
Societies and Libraries
that preserve and document transportation history.
(no affiliation with this site) spearheads the re-purposing of abandoned
railroads as linear parks that can be explored by foot