Bridgeport in Belmont County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
The National Historic Road in Ohio
The Road That Helped Build The Nation
— An All-American Road - National Scenic Highway —
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 the nation's first federally funded interstate highway and opened the West for the 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; 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 need 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.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in Bridges & Viaducts • 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. 40° 4.345′ N, 80° 44.456′ W. Marker is in Bridgeport, Ohio, in Belmont County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Main Street (U.S. 40) and Allen Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Bridgeport OH 43912, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Historic Bridgeport (a few steps from this marker); Ohio County / State of Ohio (approx. 0.2 miles away in West Virginia); Camp Carlile (approx. ¼ mile away in West Virginia); Charles Ellet, Jr. (approx. 0.7 miles away in West Virginia); Augustus Pollack (approx. 0.8 miles away in West Virginia); Marsh Wheeling Stogies (approx. 0.8 miles away in West Virginia); List House (approx. 0.8 miles away in West Virginia); Wheeling Suspension Bridge (approx. 0.8 miles away in West Virginia).
Credits. This page was last revised on August 5, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 2, 2014, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 457 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 2, 2014, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.