Chicago Southland

Renèe S. Gordon
September 28, 2013
Chicago Southland
Ford's 1908 Model T is widely regarded as the first automobile that was affordable for the ordinary worker at a cost of $850. As Ford perfected his assembly line technique the time it took to assemble a complete car went down from an initial production of 11 cars per month to 93-minutes per car six years later, as did the price, to as low as $250 per auto in the mid-1920s. The automobile industry grew and ownership blossomed, but now that people owned cars it began to become apparent that there were few good roads on which to drive them. Of the more than two million miles of road very few, outside of metropolitan areas, were more than wide dirt paths.
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