Above: Helen in the back yard at 505 East Seventh Street, Muscatine, 1953. Following the 1952 elections, Ike (Dwight Eisenhower) is inaugurated this year. Shortly after that, Joseph Stalin dies. One of Ike's lasting legacies is the interstate highway system, built during the Cold War as part of our national defense program. The older existing highway network would have been a major logjam hindering any rapid deployment of resources during a crisis.