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BFNAT to Commemorate U.S. Interstate System’s 50th Anniversary

(Akron/Tire Review) This June, Bridgestone/Firestone North American Tire (BFNAT) will join the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) in commemorating the 1919 journey of the first transcontinental motor train.

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A convoy, which will include two Firestone tractor trailers, will begin its journey on June 15 in San Francisco and end on June 29 in Washington.

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According to BFNAT, Harvey Firestone played a role in the historic 3,230-mile trip from Washington to San Francisco.

“On July 7, 1919, lieutenant colonel Dwight D. Eisenhower took a coast-to-coast trip to learn whether troops and supplies could successfully cross America by truck,” said the tiremaker in a release. “One week later, Eisenhower reached Columbiana, Ohio, where Harvey Firestone invited Ike and his men to enjoy a fried chicken dinner at Firestone’s farm. As the convoy set out the following day, Firestone added two of his own trucks to the group. Firestone had his innovative pneumatic tires, Eisenhower mostly solid rubber. The convoy reached San Francisco 55 days later, achieving an average speed of 6 miles per hour.”

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Firestone was responsible for the “Ship by Truck” movement, which encouraged manufacturers to move their products by truck, according to BFNAT. In 1956, Eisenhower signed the bill that created the U.S. interstate system.

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