Exactly how did US roads and bridges build the first auto?

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    In the 1920's roads and bridges were ubiquitous. Every country had roads and/or bridges and the vast majority of truly great civilizations had both roads and bridges.

    Somehow, and just in the USA, roads and bridges were responsible for the development of the automobile.

    Can someone switch on their Obama Context Filter and walk us through how roads and bridges in the USA were responsible for the development of the automobile?
     
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    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kg6X2hsl52E]Frank Zappa: Inca Roads - YouTube[/ame]
     
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    Roads were first animal paths through forests. Then people made paths and roads big enough for wagons and horses to use. They chopped down trees and cleared roadways. When there were towns, the townspeople got together and put in cobble stones for the road and wooden walkways for sidewalks so that women would not get their skirts muddy. Landowners built their own roads from a main dirt road to their farm.
     
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    Hmm Europe had an extensive system of well built Roman roads, why didn't these roads spawn the first automobile?
     
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    Egypt had roads, but the car was invented by US roads.

    Why?

    What was so different about roads in the USA?
     
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    Where are the Roman Railroads?
     
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    Bridges! But no cars. Odd no?
     
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    They did not ride horses. Horses were for drawing chariots. Not everyone could afford a chariot.

    The popularity of the automobile was not due to roads, but to the common use of horses.

    One of the first crises of civilization was in 1894 when the end of all mankind was predicted with the first crises of civilization, the Great Horse Manure Crisis.

    The Great Horse-Manure Crisis of 1894 | The Freeman | Ideas On Liberty

    In 1898 the first international urban-planning conference convened in New York. It was abandoned after three days, instead of the scheduled ten, because none of the delegates could see any solution to the growing crisis posed by urban horses and their output.

    The problem did indeed seem intractable. The larger and richer that cities became, the more horses they needed to function. The more horses, the more manure. Writing in the Times of London in 1894, one writer estimated that in 50 years every street in London would be buried under nine feet of manure. Moreover, all these horses had to be stabled, which used up ever-larger areas of increasingly valuable land. And as the number of horses grew, ever-more land had to be devoted to producing hay to feed them (rather than producing food for people), and this had to be brought into cities and distributed¬óby horse-drawn vehicles. It seemed that urban civilization was doomed.

    Fortunately, the car was invented that used the same roads horses used.
     
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