Freedom of Movement

Freedom of Movement

“A farm on a bad road is a jail.”- Saturday Evening Post

Over a century ago, most people lived their entire lives in one place. Traveling great distances involved a long trip in either a horse drawn wagon or a lengthy journey on a railway.

By the 1920s, however, California was quickly becoming a motorized state. Thanks to Henry Ford’s moving assembly line technique, cars became affordable to the “average man.” Demand for good roads to drive cars on greatly increased.

No longer limited by the timetable of a bus, trolley, train, or the strength of a horse, individuals had more personal freedom to choose when and where to travel, and they chose California.

With its varied and beautiful scenery, as well as its temperate climate, California became a destination spot to both the traveler and the settler.

California State Capitol Museum – The Road Ahead Exhibit

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.

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