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.
| + Goldie at Home Activity: Electric Car
+ Video: "Iowa Roads" (Iowa PBS)
+ The Goldfinch: The Automobile Age
+ Automobile Manufacturing in Iowa (Iowa PBS)
+ Iowa History 101 Series