Paving The Way: The National Park-To-Park Highway
This series details the story of 12 motorists who took a 5000-mile epic road trip before there were gas stations and fully paved roads. In 1920, the inaugural tour of the Park-to-Park Highway connected all 12 National Parks in the American West. They promoted tourism to the Parks and better roads for motorists. During the early days of the automobile, when cars got stuck in the mud, they were still being towed out by horses, and gravity-fed fuel lines caused problems up steep grades. Only the rich could afford travel by train or by horse to the National Parks, but the 1920 inaugural tour opened the door for the "everyman," with his newly affordable automobile, to visit them as well.
Paving The Way: The National Park-To-Park Highway Previous Broadcasts
Welcome Home (Episode #102)
KQED World: Tue, Feb 22, 2011 -- 9:00 AM
Continue the journey of the 1920 inaugural tour of the National Park-to-Park Highway. Tour members are faced with the decision to turn back or journey on as they are without their leader. With some of the most magnificent vistas still ahead, they learn what it really means to be road weary, but at the same time find the pure joy of a true American experience -The Road Trip.
- KQED World: Tue, Feb 22, 2011 -- 12:00 PM
See America First (Episode #101)
KQED World: Tue, Feb 15, 2011 -- 9:00 AM
At a time when train travel to the National Parks was only for the wealthy, this program follows the convergence of US Land being set aside for all people, the development of the "autos for the everyman" and the need to escape the drone of WWI and the 1918 flu pandemic. With this need for release, 12 intrepid motorists embark upon the 1920 inaugural tour of the National Park-to-Park Highway. Traveling 5000 miles over 76 days to promote the need for good roads, these individuals also explore the idea of what it means to 'See America First' while touring in the western United States, instead of visiting their ancestry in war torn Europe.
- KQED World: Tue, Feb 15, 2011 -- 12:00 PM