New Concord in Muskingum County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Fulfilling President George Washington's desire to “open wide the gates of the West,” in 1796 Congress authorized the Zane brothers of Fort Henry (at present day Wheeling) to clear a path through the dense woods of Appalachian Ohio. Zane's Trace cut through the forests of eleven counties, reaching the Ohio River at Aberdeen, across from Limestone (now Maysville), Kentucky. The trail roughly follows the routes of U.S. 22 and 40 to Lancaster, S. R. 159 to Chillicothe, U.S. 50 to Bainbridge, and S. R. 41 to Aberdeen.
Although “it was a tight fit for a fat horse,” thousands of settlers journeyed down Zane's Trace to build settlements at St. Clairsville, Cambridge, Zanesville, Somerset, Lancaster, and Chillicothe. With the construction of the “New State Road" (authorized in 1804 to improve Zane's Trace) and the National Road (completed through New Concord in 1828), Ohio's overland commerce and communication steadily improved. From this point one can see the five major routes into Ohio: Zane's Trace, the National Road, the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, U.S. Route 40, and Interstate 70.
Erected 2003 by Ohio Bicentennial Commission, The Marietta Chapter NSDAR, The Village of New Concord and R.E. New, and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 12-60.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Government & Politics • Roads & Vehicles. In addition, it is included in the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection, and the The Historic National Road series lists.
Location. 39° 59.575′ N, 81° 44.742′ W. Marker is in New Concord, Ohio, in Muskingum County. Marker is at the intersection of U.S. 40 and Shadyside Drive, on the right when traveling west on U.S. 40. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: New Concord OH 43762, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fox Creek "S" Bridge Park (within shouting distance of this marker); Fox Creek Bridge (within shouting distance of this marker); S-Bridge (within shouting distance of this marker); Findley Settlement (approx. 0.4 miles away); John Glenn (approx. half a mile away); Muskingum College (approx. 0.6 miles away); Robert Francis Harper (approx. Birthplace of William Rainey Harper (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New Concord.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on November 6, 2008, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 2,724 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on November 6, 2008, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.