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Side view of two automobiles, one a convertible, with Black Mesa, New Mexico in the background, ca. 1924.
Cars in the desert--automobiles with Black Mesa, New Mexico, in the background in 1924

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Traveling by Car
It used to be that if you wanted to travel, you had to plan for a long stagecoach or train ride. But the automobile changed all that. Although at first considered a luxury, the car quickly became an American necessity. Between 1908 and 1926, Ford Motor Company sold more than 15 million Model T automobiles.

Since more Americans owned cars, more were able to spend time "on the road" exploring the country. This ability to travel with greater ease changed the way American families went on vacation. What do you think was needed to accommodate all those cars?

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