Travel the Educator

Despite the title, this booklet says almost nothing about the educational value of travel. Instead, it focuses on the huge improvements in comfort and speed provided by the railroads in general and Pullman in particular in the previous 70 years.

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“Americans are the world’s greatest travelers,” notes the booklet, something which remains true today. What the booklet doesn’t say is that, in the early twentieth century, that travel was very unevenly distributed: the top 20 to 30 percent of Americans did most of that travel, while as recently as 1910 probably half of Americans had never been more than 50 miles from where they were born. What changed that was not the railroad as much as Henry Ford’s mass produced automobile.

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