•   California has always been a place in motion.

    California has always been a place in motion.

    Beginning with the first Native American migrations, Californians have been on the move. From carts and wagons to trains and planes, perhaps no other means of transportation has played a greater role in the Golden State's development than the automobile.
  • The  automobile, more than any other form of transportation, has been the most transformative piece of technology in history.

    The automobile, more than any other form of transportation, has been the most transformative piece of technology in history.

    Since 1898, the automobile has helped to shape and define the California way of life, creating what has been called the world's first “auto-civilization.”
  •   Government took a leading role from the beginning when it came to licensing and
regulating the automobile and its use.

    Government took a leading role from the beginning when it came to licensing and regulating the automobile and its use.

    It also took on the responsibility of creating the massive infrastructure system needed to keep California in a constant state of motion.
  •   For more than a century, the automobile shrank and wove together the State
of California.

    For more than a century, the automobile shrank and wove together the State of California.

    It opened up the state's most remote parts through the development of one of the most sophisticated transportation grids in history. The car also redefined how and where Californians would work and live, and shaped the Golden State's unique lifestyle.
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This is a website specifically for the "The Road Ahead: The Automobile's Impact on California" Exhibit. Dates: May 23, 2018 - April 29, 2019 at the California State Capitol Museum.

This exhibit is located in three different rooms.

The automobile's incredible effect on shaping the culture of California is told in the Exhibit Room 105.

The overall history and impact of the automobile on the Golden State, and the story of the three main state departments concerned with the car - DMV, Caltrans and CHP - is presented in the two exhibit rooms at the opposite end of the hallway, called the AG Exhibit Room (Attorney General Exhibit Room).

You can view these exhibits online too:

  • Shaping the Culture of CA - Exhibit
  • History and Impact of the Automobile on the Golden State - Exhibit
  • State Departments - Exhibit