November 1, 1976, Appleton Post-Crescent
The timeframe of this story predates a post we did last year showing a 1924 "auto trails" map published by Rand McNally: http://menashabook.blogspot.com/2015/03/autotrails-map-of-1924.html. As we discussed then, early efforts to help drivers navigate what roads there were, were limited to following landmarks and crude signage. At least by 1924, there were some standards being developed. This story, which is based in 1916, comes 8 years before the 1924 map, and was essentially describing a guidebook that gave sequential, left turn, right turn directions...a very crude GPS if you will! Taking a long trip in an automobile must have been quite the adventure.