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 collection:
- 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 35 minutes.
- 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 minutes.
- 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.
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