Roadtrips

So, this month we went on several road trips. See the above map. Hilarious, right? And that’s just in the month of May. Apparently that’s 1 day and 3 hours worth of driving. Yikes!

The thing about road trips, if you’re anything like me, is that is causes you to ask a lot of questions. Here are some of the questions we wondered about recently on our road trips.

What does it take to create your own town? Is it still allowed in Modern-day America, or are we all city-ed out?

Turns out, you can. Although, most people now create towns to maintain the current tax rates.  It involves paperwork, and getting 51% of the eligible voters to agree.  Here’s an article we found that explains in details how to do it.

We spent the next little while thinking about what we would name our imaginary towns.  Mine all involved Harry Potter somehow: Fredngeorgetown, Hermioniville, Muggle-opolis. Josh’s all involved trees or rocks, but I can’t remember any of them.

What would you name your town if you could?

Where did the idea of rest stops along the highway come from? How do they decide where to put them?

Apparently, the idea of rest stops naturally came about due to the fact that people needed to stop and there were no businesses to stop at. Many rest stops were built as the built the Interstate highway system. Here’s a website that discusses the history of rest areas.

According to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, in 1920s in Wisconsin, people started gardens alongside the highway when the roads were changed to reduce sharp corners. Since it was pretty already people stopped there to relax.

Here are maps to rest areas in the Midwest:

Iowa

Michigan

Minnesota

Wisconsin

Why are weigh stations always closed?

Still don’t know. Do you?

Advertisements

One thought on “Roadtrips

  1. We have actually seen weigh stations open a couple of times in our lives. Don’t forget Lady Bird Johnson’s beautify America campaign, where we were all supposed to pick up trash along the highways! (And not throw trash on/near the highways!) Maybe we could name a town Amosville…..

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s