TRANSPORTATION: Freedom of the Highway

Last week twelve years of civil war were at an end in Texas. It began in 1928, when Texas highways were narrow and motorists found big truck and trailer haulers pushing them right off the road. The State adopted the lowest maximum truckload limit in the U.S.: 7,000 lb. Among growers and shippers in the fertile Rio Grande Valley, rebellion has been popping almost ever since.

Since Valley crops (oranges, vegetables, grapefruit) have to be moved in a hurry or wither under the hot sun, truckers tried to get by with overloads. But only one highway leads out of the Valley,...

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