In 1911 a proposal was made to build a highway from Kansas City to St. Louis. A Department of Agriculture committee was named to compare three suggested routes. That August a meeting was held in Jefferson City to pick the location. In September some of the population centers along the way – Columbia, Fulton, and Lexington – passed bond issues totaling $300 thousand to help finance that road, but it wouldn’t be built for another decade. What happened in that ten years shaped the philosophy underlying road-building today.