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Kirkersville in Licking County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Mile Markers

Kirkersville

 

—One of Several Identical Markers —

 
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By Rev. Ronald Irick, September 2, 2016
1. Mile Markers Marker
Inscription. The Act of Congress in 1806 which authorized the construction of the National Road required that mile markers be placed at regular intervals. These reference points reassured travelers that they were following the correct route. They also indicated the distance traveled and the distance to a destination.

The use of mile markers began in the Roman Empire with the use of stone obelisks. The first Roman mile markers appeared in the fourth century B.C. on the empire’s legendary Appian Way, the road from Rome to Brindisi.

National Road mile markers are set at one mile intervals along the north side of the Road. Each state’s mile markers were a different design, but all displayed the same information. Ohio’s markers were square with round heads, made of an early form of concrete, sandstone or limestone, while in Pennsylvania they were obelisks made of cast iron. Ohio’s five-foot tall markers were set two feet deep into the ground with three feet exposed. Each marker indicated the distance to Cumberland, Maryland, where the Road begins, and the name and mileage to the nearest cities and villages, for east and westbound travelers.

Whether the letters or numerals were painted or carved, markers followed a standard pattern of showing at the top the number of miles from the beginning of the Road in Cumberland, Maryland. On the next

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By Rev. Ronald Irick, September 2, 2016
2. Mile Markers Marker
Mile Marker and Kirkersville marker, side by side
row, they wrote the name of the next big town and number of miles to it. On the left side of the marker, it would show eastbound travelers the next big town to the east. On the right side, it would show westbound travelers the next big town to the west and the number of miles to go. On the lowest level, there was usually an initial and a small number. This indicated the nearest town. It didn’t need to be spelled out, because most people from the vicinity would recognize it from the initial.

By the 1920’s, a uniform highway numbering system with standardized road signs replaced the old mile markers, but many remain along the Road. See how many you can identify.
 
Erected by The Ohio National Road Association, Inc.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the The Historic National Road marker series.
 
Location. 39° 57.557′ N, 82° 35.777′ W. Marker is in Kirkersville, Ohio, in Licking County. Marker is at the intersection of West Main Street (U.S. 40) and 3rd Street, on the right when traveling west on West Main Street. Click for map. There are two (2) markers in front of the Kirkersville United Methodist Church. Marker is at or near this postal address: 180 West Main Street, Kirkersville OH 43033, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are

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By Rev. Ronald Irick, September 2, 2016
3. Mile Markers Marker
Marker can be seen at a distance
within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Kirkersville (here, next to this marker); Outville (approx. 2.4 miles away); Etna (approx. 4.5 miles away); Hebron (approx. 4.9 miles away); Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3496 Veterans Memorial (approx. 4.9 miles away); Pataskala Elementary School (approx. 5 miles away); Conine Homestead (approx. 5.1 miles away); Deep Cut at the Licking Summit / Millersport and the Ohio-Erie Canal (approx. 5.3 miles away).
 
Additional keywords. Old National Road
 
Categories. Roads & Vehicles
 
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By Rev. Ronald Irick, September 2, 2016
4. Mile Markers Marker
A restored original mile marker, adjacent
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By Rev. Ronald Irick, September 2, 2016
5. Mile Markers Marker
Pictures on the marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. This page has been viewed 130 times since then and 17 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 8, 2016.
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