“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Near Myersville in Frederick County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

The National Road

The Road that Built the Nation

The National Road<br>The Road that Built the Nation Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, June 9, 2007
1. The National Road
The Road that Built the Nation Marker
Inscription.  “. . . so many happy people, restless in the midst of abundance.” —Alexis de Tocqueville, 1840.

Americans are an adventurous people. From past to present, they have used feet, horses, wagons, stagecoaches, canals, railroads, bicycles, automobiles, trucks and buses to “perpetually change their plans and abodes.”

Centuries ago, George Washington dreamed of a highway joining east and west. In 1806, Thomas Jefferson made that roadway a reality when he risked his Presidency by authorizing, “an Act to regulate the laying out and making [of] a road from Cumberland in the State of Maryland to the State of Ohio.”

The next generation built that “United States Road,” a thirty-foot wide, crushed stone thoroughfare that spanned rivers, traversed mountains and opened up America’s western frontier to the Mississippi. Merchants, traders and families from all over the world journeyed along this route in their quest to claim land, expand markets and form new lives.

Today, you can trace that same path along the Historic National Road. Discover
Passel of Markers image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, August 5, 2006
2. Passel of Markers
This marker is right-most marker in the grouping in front of the Welcome Center.
the places, events and stories that shaped this nation. To have your own adventure, stop by any Welcome Center or local visitor center to speak to a travel counselor and pick up a Historic National Road map-guide.

(sidebar) Built in the early 1800s, a paved highway west was America’s first federal project. Much of the approximately 800 mile long National Road is still marked by historic milestones.

(photo caption) Are we there yet? These early 20th century travelers speak to all of us who at one time or another couldn’t wait to get out of the car. Today, we have the luxury of taking our modern interstates for granted. But who can’t relate to those faces?
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.
Location. 39° 31.476′ N, 77° 36.089′ W. Marker is near Myersville, Maryland, in Frederick County. Marker is on the West Welcome Center and Rest Area (Interstate 70) near Exit 42 (Maryland Route 17). Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Myersville MD 21773, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Dwight D. Eisenhower Highway (here, next to this marker); Gettysburg Campaign (here, next to this marker);
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The Bill Pate Portal (here, next to this marker); 1862 Antietam Campaign (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Gettysburg Campaign (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named The National Road (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named 1862 Antietam Campaign (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Battle of Antietam (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Myersville.
Also see . . .  PDF of this marker. (Submitted on November 8, 2006.)
Credits. This page was last revised on February 22, 2021. It was originally submitted on November 8, 2006, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,592 times since then and 7 times this year. Last updated on February 21, 2021, by Carl Gordon Moore Jr. of North East, Maryland. Photos:   1. submitted on June 24, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   2. submitted on November 8, 2006, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.
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Mar. 6, 2021