“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Grantsville in Garrett County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Negro Mountain

The Highest Point on the National Road

Negro Mountain Marker Photo, Click for full size
By J. J. Prats, August 11, 2006
1. Negro Mountain Marker
Inscription. You have reached the highest point on the National Road. Here, in the far western mountains of Maryland is the backbone of eastern America. In 1817, the National Road construction crew took on the challenge of crossing this tough terrain by laying a crushed stone road surface and building a stone bridge over nearby Puzzley Run.

By the 1930s, the National Road evolved into an asphalt and concrete ribbon. This improved road surface inspired a new generation of travelers to “hit the road,” and a new road culture began to emerge. Although the curves were straightened, and the grade a bit gentler, travel was still tough over Negro Mountain.

At almost 3000 feet, this is the highest point on the National Road through all six states. Descending Negro Mountain required early drivers to pay close attention to their brakes.

High Point camp catered to travelers that commonly packed camping gear and joined other auto campers in grounds provided by entrepreneurs.

The Naming of Negro Mountain. Nemesis, a black frontiersman, was killed here while fighting Indians with Maryland frontiersman Thomas Cresap in the 1750s. Legend tells us that he had a premonition of his death. In his honor, they named this mountain after him.
Erected by America's Byways.
Marker series.
Negro Mountain Marker Photo, Click for full size
By J. J. Prats, August 11, 2006
2. Negro Mountain Marker
This marker is included in the The Historic National Road marker series.
Location. 39° 42.374′ N, 79° 12.68′ W. Marker is near Grantsville, Maryland, in Garrett County. Marker is at the intersection of National Pike (Alternate U.S. 40) and Zehner Road, on the left when traveling west on National Pike. Click for map. Marker is at a roadside picnic area at the crest of the mountain. Marker is in this post office area: Grantsville MD 21536, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Keyser’s Ridge (approx. 2.1 miles away); General Braddock’s 5th Camp (approx. 2.1 miles away); The Fuller-Baker House (approx. 2.2 miles away); Grantsville (approx. 3 miles away); Leo J. Beachy (approx. 3 miles away); Traveling the National Road (approx. 3.2 miles away); Early Inns (approx. 3.3 miles away); The Little Crossings (approx. 3.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Grantsville.
Also see . . .  A photo essay showing the Puzzley Run bridge and road relocation. (Submitted on March 31, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio.)
Categories. African AmericansNatural ResourcesRoads & Vehicles
The Puzzley Run stone bridge Photo, Click for full size
By Christopher Busta-Peck, September 22, 2007
3. The Puzzley Run stone bridge
A nearby bridge on the National Road, as mentioned on the marker.
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 15,649 times since then. Last updated on , by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.   3. submitted on , by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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