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New Concord in Muskingum County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Fox Creek “S” Bridge Park

 
 
Fox Creek "S" Bridge Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 26, 2005
1. Fox Creek "S" Bridge Park Marker
Inscription. The Fox Creek “S” Bridge is one of a series of such bridges which lined the path of the National Road. All but a handful were destroyed during the construction of U.S. Route 40. The National Road, completed here in 1828, “opened wide the doors to the West.” Every township crossed by the Road doubled its population in a decade. The entire National Road from Cumberland, Maryland, to Vandalia, Illinois, was bricked during World War I to accommodate military traffic. The Fox Creek “S” Bridge was the last section to be bricked. The photo below records this event in 1919.

The house at the top of the picture to the left is that of Robert West Speer, a “conductor” on the Underground Railroad. Speer was a Reformed Presbyterian (Covenanter). His denomination, as well as the Associate Presbyterians (Seceders) and the Associate Reformed Presbyterians made the Fox Creek/Crooked Creek area a bastion of Abolitionism before and during the Civil War.
 
Location. 39° 59.574′ N, 81° 44.765′ W. Marker is in New Concord, Ohio, in Muskingum County. Touch for map. Along US 40 (East Pike). Marker is in this post office area: New Concord OH 43762, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance
Fox Creek "S" Bridge Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 26, 2005
2. Fox Creek "S" Bridge Park Marker
of this marker. Fox Creek Bridge (a few steps from this marker); S-Bridge (within shouting distance of this marker); Zane's Trace (within shouting distance of this marker); Findley Settlement (approx. 0.4 miles away); John Glenn (approx. half a mile away); Muskingum College (approx. 0.6 miles away); Robert Francis Harper (approx. 0.6 miles away); William Rainey Harper (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New Concord.
 
Categories. Bridges & ViaductsRoads & Vehicles
 
Fox Creek "S" Bridge & Robert West Speer Home image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 26, 2005
3. Fox Creek "S" Bridge & Robert West Speer Home
Close-up of photo by Clair Stebbins on marker
Bricking the National Road image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 26, 2005
4. Bricking the National Road
Close-up of photo on marker
Fox Creek "S" Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 26, 2005
5. Fox Creek "S" Bridge
Historic “S” Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 26, 2005
6. Historic “S” Bridge
National Road Mile Marker<br>At the “S” Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 26, 2005
7. National Road Mile Marker
At the “S” Bridge
Cumberland
193
Wheeling
63
N - 1
Zanesville
11

N here refers to Norwich Ohio.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 2, 2017. This page originally submitted on June 28, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 74 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on June 28, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   7. submitted on June 30, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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