Monday, June 29, 2009

US Route 20: "America’s Mainstreets" (video)

Here is a new documentary on US Route 20 (and also US Route 9) in New York, which was the result of a collaborative student project completed by undergraduate and graduate students Erin Dorbin (M.A. History and Media), Eric LaGrange (M.A. Fine Arts), Dale Mattison and Greg Pruden at the University at Albany in the Spring of 2009.

This documentary (video below) covers the history of US Routes 20 and 9 in New York, showing how the birth of freeways and thruways not only changed travel pattersn, but also changed the landscape of the US routes. This video represents the first edit of 22 minutes of their work.

More information about the video can be found at That web site indicates that “Erin Dorbin and Eric LaGrange are responsible for the completion of the Route 20 portion of the project, while Dale Mattison and Greg Pruden completed the Route 9/Frontier Town section of the documentary. Erin and Eric also have plans to continue the Route 20 portion of the documentary over the coming year.”

I found this video very interesting, and not just for the US 20 in NY perspective. Where I live – in Mentor Ohio – US 20 is very vibrant throughout my city and county (Lake County), along with neighboring Cuyahoga County (including the city of Cleveland) and Lorain County. This is despite the fact that two major freeways, US 90 and Ohio Route 2, run just about parallel to US 20, and sometimes only a mile away from US 20. Here, the freeways only helped US 20 to thrive. I consider myself very lucky to have US 20 remain an active, major thoroughfare here.

The US Route 20 Blog homepage can be found, here.

Friday, June 19, 2009

US20 In Wyoming: Casper

US Route 20 heads into Casper Wyoming, following both a “business” route, and also a “bypass” route. The business route heads directly into the city and is also known as the Yellowstone Highway, and as First Street in the heart of the city. It travels concurrent with the business routes for Routes 26 and 87. The bypass route is on the northern end of Casper and runs concurrent with bypass Routes 26 and 87, and I-25 as it skirts the city.

Casper sits at the foot of Casper Mountain, in the Laramie Mountain Range, with the North Platte River flowing around the city. It is the second largest city in Wyoming.

The city began as a frontier outpost called Fort Caspar, which was built during the mid-19th century to protect both mail and telegraph services. The city itself was founded long after the fort closed, and served as a railway stopping point. The city’s oil boom which started in the 1890s earned it the nickname ‘The Oil City.”

More information about the city can be found here:

The City of Casper

Casper Wyomomg Info Web Site

Casper Wyoming: A Great Place to Live - Video

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The US Route 20 Blog homepage can be found, here.