The Historic National Road
Welcome to the National Road
The National road crosses six states from Baltimore, Maryland to East St. Louis, Illinois. The road fulfilled the dreams of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson to build an all-weather route across the Allegheny Mountains to connect the Eastern Seaboard with the Midwest. The Road was conceived by Albert Gallatin, Secretary of the Treasury under Thomas Jefferson, and was authorized by Congress in 1806. The Road was the nationís first federally funded interstate highway and opened the West for the movement of people and goods. Construction began in 1811 in Cumberland, Maryland, extending an earlier route from Baltimore. By 1818 the Road reached the Ohio River, by 1833 it was completed to Columbus, Ohio, and in 1850 it extended west to Vandalia, Illinois
The National road was an engineering marvel. Graceful stone arch bridges cross streams and rivers. Inns and taverns were built to meet the needs of travelers. Many of the bridges and buildings that characterized the early days of the road can still be found in towns along the Road today.
(map) Much of the historic National Road is still part of U.S. Route 40. Several segments of the original Road are no longer used as highways but can be explored. The longest section of the National Road is found in Ohio, covering
Erected by the Ohio National Road Association, Inc.
Marker series. This marker is included in the The Historic National Road marker series.
Location. 39° 58.53′ N, 81° 49.353′ W. Marker is near Norwich, Ohio, in Muskingum County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of East Pike National Road (U.S. 40) and Zane Grey Road (County Route 199). Click for map. marker is in the parking lot of the National Road – Zane Grey Museum. Marker is at or near this postal address: 8850 E Pike, Norwich OH 43767, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Historic National Road in Ohio (here, next to this marker); Mile Markers (here, next to this marker); Warren Pony Truss Bridge (a few steps from this marker); Zaneís Trace Bridge (a few steps from this marker); Motels (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Salt Creek Bridge/Timber Covered Bridges (approx. 1.9 miles away); First Traffic Fatality in Ohio/The National Road (approx. 2 miles away); S-Bridge (approx. 4.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Norwich.
1. identical markers
this marker, is identical to one titled "West Gate" on Rt 40 west of Lewisburg, Ohio
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. This page has been viewed 163 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on September 20, 2016.