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Lawson discusses early roads

Posted on Tuesday, September 25, 2012 at 2:42 pm

It’s safe to say that many individuals in this day and age likely have little appreciation for the wondrous transportation system that the United States currently boasts.

It certainly hasn’t always been this way, however. At a recent meeting of the Bowling Green Rotary Club, Rotarian, local historian, and researcher Ed Lawson presented a program to the assembled crowd on the evolution of the modern transportation system.

Recently, Lawson presented another program specifically on the Shortline Railroad which once ran through Bowling Green. Last Tuesday’s program mentioned the Shortline, but focused more on roads and highways, particularly in Pike County.

Following the ending of the Civil War, Lawson explained, the country’s population began to increase in the counties along the Mississippi River. Businesses and industries sprang up and flourished along the river towns.

See page 5 of this week’s Times for the entire story.