The American highway system is what built America and this
collection of five films explores the men and equipment that
went into designing and building our interstate systems. Enjoy
the adventures of the big construction rigs as they mold the land
into man-made structures to connect the vast areas of America.
Here is a brief description of each film included in this
- Alaska Highway - Published in the 1940's, this
film follows the creation of Alaskan highway system and
its connection to Canada. It is a fascinating exposition
of man vs nature as they tackle the rough job of working
in Alaska's harsh conditions to build a safe and modern
highway system. This film has a runtime of approximately
- Builders of the Broad Highway - Published in the
early 1960s, this film explores all the steps that go into
building a roadway, fron engineering to the actual construction
activities. This film has a runtime of approximately 21
- Building a Highway - Published in 1937, this film
explores early highway construction techniques. It is filled
with shots of great vintage earth moving equipment used
to build the highways - from bulldozers to pavers to scrapers
to rollers and much more. It is a great vintage work. This
film has a runtime of approximately 10 minutes.
- Conquering Roads - Published in 1937, this film
explores the engineering aspects of road building. It explores
how roadways are designed for all sorts of conditions and
situations that sometimes make our roadways look like complex
puzzles. This film has a runtime of approximately 9 minutes.
- The American Road - Published in 1953, this film
shows the development of the transportation system in the
United States during the first half of the 20th century.
There is strong emphasis on the growth of the automotive
industry and the roads and highways that were developed
because of it. There are many great clips of Model T fords
and other Ford models throughout the film. This film has
a runtime of approximately 38 minutes.
This DVD has a runtime of approximately 1 hour 55 minutes.
Here are some sample images from the DVD