According to the Federal Highway Administration, there are 46,876 miles of interstate highway in the United States. The Interstate System was built with funds allocated to each state by a series of acts of Congress.Know More
Highway systems are generally supported by federal funding and state governments. These funds provide improvement in the condition of roads and bridges. Tax revenues and tolls are also used to contribute to up-keeping the conditions of highways.
President Dwight D. Eisenhower is often referred to as the "Father of the Interstate System." Although the concept of an interstate highway system was first proposed in a report to Congress in 1939, it wasn't until Eisenhower took office in 1953 that he made the revitalization of national highways a goal for his first term. During his time in the military, Eisenhower had witnessed the efficiency of Germany's Autobahn highway system firsthand, and he believed that the United States needed an equally effective roadway system.Learn more about Maps & Cartography
The territories of the United States are American Samoa, Guam, Midway Islands, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The Republic of the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia and Republic of Palau are former colonies that are in in Free Association with the United States.Full Answer >
The distance across the United States, from Florida to Washington, is 2,802 miles. This is the longest straight line distance across the United States.Full Answer >
Mr. Nussbaum and Maps of World are two online resources that provide interactive maps of the United States. These websites have maps students can click on to learn more about a particular state. The information provided for each state includes the capital, population, nicknames and attractions.Full Answer >
The United States Geological Survey recognizes 35,000 cities and towns. To be recognized by the United States Geological Survey, a place simply has to have a permanent population and buildings. It does not have to be incorporated.Full Answer >