That’s 50 in Interstate years.

interstate.gif Today marks the 50th Anniversary of the Tennessee Interstate System. There’s even an Interstate blog. Did you know that Nashville is one of only four U.S. cities where six interstate legs converge within the city’s boundaries: I-65 North and South, I-40 East and West, and I-24 East and West? Other handy facts here.

Originally sold as something necessary for the defense of our country, the system was (and is) not without controversy, but, there’s no doubt it transformed our nation and our economy.

When I was growing up, my grandparents lived in Birmingham, and, I can remember taking the trip before I-65 was finished. The Interstate sure transformed that trip, but, it also meant we didn’t get to go by McDonald’s in Decatur after that, since it was long before the days of a McDonald’s on every exit.

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