The arrival of the automobile made a huge impact on Iowa, especially farm families. Trains went from town to town on established schedules, but cars could connect farm homes to towns or other local destinations, and the riders could travel when they wanted. Automobiles greatly helped to end the isolation many rural families felt. Today, automobiles are almost universal among Iowans, and access to affordable, reliable and convenient transportation is a critical factor in modern life.
- Transportation in Urban and Rural Spaces: Use this primary source set to view photos, documents and more showing the change and impact of automobiles in Iowa.
Expedition Activity Schedule
The activities and resources for this week's at-home summer expedition to explore the history of automobiles are listed below. Some are released on specific dates, while others – listed "Available All Week" – will be accessible immediately. These options offer a wide variety of learning opportunities for children to develop curiosity and critical-thinking skills.
|Thursday, June 11||Available All Week|
|Watch Live: Iowa History 101 Series||