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

Welcome to the National Road

The Historic National Road in Ohio

 
 
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By Devry Becker Jones, September 17, 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, September 17, 2019
2. Welcome to the National Road Marker
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.


To enjoy the sights of the Historic National Road, merge back on to I-70 east. Exit at State Route 127 (exit 10) and turn left (north) off of the ramp. Continue north on State Route 127 for approximately 1 mile to U.S. Route 40, the Historic National Road.

Turn right (east) to continue on your journey.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the The Historic National Road marker series.
 
Location. 39° 49.658′ N, 84° 45.656′ W. Marker is near Eaton, Ohio, in Preble County. Marker can be reached from Interstate 70 2 miles east of U.S. 35, on the right when traveling east. On the grounds of the eastbound rest area. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Eaton OH 45320, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Historic National Road (approx. 3 miles away in Indiana); Madonna of the Trail (approx. 5.9 miles away in Indiana); a different marker also named Historic National Road (approx. 5.9 miles away in Indiana); a different marker also named Madonna of the Trail
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(approx. 5.9 miles away in Indiana); The First Toll Gate (approx. 5.9 miles away in Indiana); a different marker also named Welcome to the National Road (approx. 6.3 miles away); Site of Fort Nesbit (Nisbet) (was approx. 6.7 miles away but has been reported missing. ); Camp Wayne (approx. 6.8 miles away in Indiana).
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on September 19, 2019. This page originally submitted on September 19, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 32 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 19, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
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