Building it

On the Road

More Than Just a Road:
Driver's Perspectives on the Turnpike's Meaning

"[In the early 1950s] we were stationed in D.C. in the military. We used to go home every weekend [to Massachusetts]. . . . We traveled at night and we'd go up and down and they were building the Turnpike at the time and we'd have to wait forever because there were little black bears playing with the fire pots-little round pots with kerosene in them-they used to use them along the side of the road during the construction of the lower end of the Turnpike. They used to have a horrible time with the bears."

Thelma Coslow, Ramsey, New Jersey, 2000

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