North Carolina has a good road system, but one 100 years ago, traveling in the state was quite different. Then each county, instead of the state, was in charge of its roads. Most roads were unpaved. Few roads connected people to other counties, and even fewer connected to roads outside the state. To go long distances, either in North Carolina or outside of it, people took the train. La Vere recounts the history of road development in the state during the 20th-century and what changes may occur over the next 50 years.