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Near Belmont in Belmont County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Welcome to the National Road

The Historic National Road in Ohio

 
 
Welcome to the National Road Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, April 19, 2019
1. Welcome to the National Road Marker
Inscription.  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 nation's first federally funded interstate highway and opened the West for 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 is 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.

Much of the historic National Road is still part of U.S. Route 40. Several segments
Welcome to the National Road Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, April 19, 2019
2. Welcome to the National Road Marker
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of the original Road are no longer used as highways but can still be explored. The longest section of the National Road is still found in Ohio, covering 237 miles from Bridgeport on the east to the Indiana state line on the west.

 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Roads & Vehicles. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #03 Thomas Jefferson, and the The Historic National Road series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1806.
 
Location. 40° 3.883′ N, 81° 0.699′ W. Marker is near Belmont, Ohio, in Belmont County. Marker can be reached from Interstate 70 west of Plainfield Road (Ohio Route 78), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Belmont OH 43718, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Dwight D. Eisenhower Highway (here, next to this marker); Mile Marker (here, next to this marker); State of Ohio (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Mile Marker (approx. 0.2 miles away); Morristown (approx. 2.7 miles away); Harley E. Warrick (approx. 3.1 miles away); Governor Arthur St. Clair 1734-1818 (approx. 6 miles away); Belmont County / Groundbreaking Site of the National Road in Ohio (approx. 6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Belmont.
 
Additional plaque below the marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, April 19, 2019
3. Additional plaque below the marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 25, 2019. It was originally submitted on April 25, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 112 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 25, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.

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