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Near Norwich in Muskingum County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

The Historic National Road

in Ohio

 
 
The Historic National Road Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Rev. Ronald Irick, June 25, 2014
1. The Historic National Road Marker
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Inscription.  
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 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, and in 1850 it extended west to Vandalia, Illinois

The National road was 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.

(map) Much of the historic National

The Historic National Road Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Rev. Ronald Irick, June 25, 2016
2. The Historic National Road Marker
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Road is still part of U.S. Route 40. Several segments of the original Road are no longer used as highways but can be explored. The longest section of the National Road is found in Ohio, covering 227 miles from Bridgeport on the east to the Indiana state line on the west. (seal) Use the Official Ohio Historic National road signs to follow the National Road across Ohio. The Road That Helped Build The Nation An All American Road – National Scenic Byway (milestone pic) (booklet cover pic) the generous members of the Ohio National Road Association presented by the Ohio National Road Association, Inc.
 
Erected by the Ohio National Road Association, Inc.
 
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° 58.53′ N, 81° 49.353′ W. Marker is near Norwich, Ohio, in Muskingum County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of East Pike National Road (U.S. 40) and Zane Grey Road (County Route 199). marker is in the parking lot of the National Road – Zane Grey Museum. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 8850 E Pike, Norwich OH 43767, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker
The Historic National Road Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Rev. Ronald Irick, June 25, 2016
3. The Historic National Road Marker
marker can be seen at a distance. Multiple markers in the parking lot of the National Road - Zane Grey Museum.
, measured as the crow flies. The Historic National Road in Ohio (here, next to this marker); Mile Markers (here, next to this marker); Warren Pony Truss Bridge (a few steps from this marker); Zane’s Trace Bridge (a few steps from this marker); Tomb Of The Unknown Soldier (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Motels (about 500 feet away); Norwich (approx. 1.2 miles away); The Ralph Hardesty Stone House (approx. 1.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Norwich.
 
Additional commentary.
1. identical markers
this marker, is identical to one titled "West Gate" on Rt 40 west of Lewisburg, Ohio
    — Submitted September 6, 2016, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio.
 
The Historic National Road Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Rev. Ronald Irick, June 25, 2016
4. The Historic National Road Marker
Historic National Road crest
The Historic National Road Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Rev. Ronald Irick, June 25, 2016
5. The Historic National Road Marker
Historic National Road mile marker at the museum
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 20, 2016. It was originally submitted on April 9, 2016, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. This page has been viewed 412 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on April 9, 2016, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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Oct. 2, 2022