Early partisans of motoring sought to link together existing roads and then make them fit for automobile driving—blazing, marking, grading, draining, bridging, and paving them.
The most famous of these named highways was the Lincoln Highway between New York City and San Francisco.
By early 1916, a proposed counterpart coursing north and south from Winnipeg to New Orleans had also been laid out.
Despite their importance, the old named auto ‘trails’ are largely forgotten.
Other major North/South routes include-
♦ Dixie Highway (Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, to Miami)
♦ Pacific Highway
♦ Evergreen Highway (Portland, Oregon, to El Paso)
♦ Jackson Highway (Chicago to New Orleans)
♦ Jefferson Highway (Winnipeg to New Orleans)
♦ King of Trails Highway (Winnipeg to Brownsville, Texas)
♦ Meridian Highway (Winnipeg to Houston)
♦ National Park-to-Park Highway (looped through the National Parks of the West)
♦ Blue Pole Highway (Chadron to Fremont, Nebraska)
♦ Colorado to Gulf Highway (Denver to Galveston)
♦ Custer Battlefield Hiway (Des Moines to Glacier National Park in Montana)
♦ Mohawk Trail (Greenfield, Massachusetts, to Schenectady, New York)
♦ William Penn Highway (New York City to Pittsburgh)
♦ Pershing Way from Winnipeg to Lafayette, Louisiana, (named after the hero of World War I, General John J. Pershing)
♦ Three C Highway (Cleveland, Columbus, and Cincinnati, Ohio)
Historic trails of the past-
♦ The Old Oregon Trail
♦ SantaFe Trail