I spend a lot of my time preaching the gospel of liberty and the most often heard objection to a stateless society is “Oh but who would build the roads?” Here is your answer. — jtl, 419
The best roads at the time were privately funded, for-profit businesses. Travel for leisure was not as common. People tended to work at home, or close to where they lived. Therefore merchants moving their goods to market paid most of the tolls. This surely brought down the price for other travelers.
American Roads Started as Private Businesses
Even the U.S. Department of Transportation has to admit, the first major U.S. roadways were not built by the government:
The privately built Philadelphia and Lancaster Turnpike Road was the first important turnpike and the first long-distance broken-stone and gravel surface built in America…
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