Near New Paris in Preble County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
The Historic National Road in Ohio
The Road That Helped Build The Nation
— The Road Less Traveled —
Welcome to the National Road
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
Erected by The Ohio National Road Association.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Roads & Vehicles. A significant historical year for this entry is 1806.
Location. 39° 49.66′ N, 84° 45.64′ W. Marker is near New Paris, Ohio, in Preble County. Marker can be reached from Interstate 70 at milepost 2, on the right when traveling east. Marker is at the I-70 Eastbound Ohio Welcome Center and Rest Area. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: New Paris OH 45347, 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. Welcome to the National Road (a few steps from this marker); New Paris Veterans Memorial (approx. 2.2 miles away); New Paris (approx. 2.2 miles away); a different marker also named New Paris (approx. 3 miles away); Historic National Road / Make History, Drive It (approx. 3˝ miles away in Indiana); Madonna of the Trail (approx. 5.9 miles away in Indiana); Historic National RoadMadonna of the Trail (approx. 5.9 miles away in Indiana). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New Paris.
Also see . . .
1. The National Road. (Submitted on August 30, 2021, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. National Road. (Submitted on August 30, 2021, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. National Road & Zane Grey Museum. (Submitted on August 30, 2021, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on August 30, 2021. It was originally submitted on August 30, 2021, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 192 times since then and 90 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on August 30, 2021, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.