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

First Traffic Fatality in Ohio/The National Road

 
 
First Traffic Fatality in Ohio Marker (side A) image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 26, 2008
1. First Traffic Fatality in Ohio Marker (side A)
Inscription.
First Traffic Fatality in Ohio
As he traveled the National Road on August 20, 1835, the last diary entry by Christopher C. Baldwin, librarian for the American Antiquarian Society in Worcester, Massachusetts, was, “Start by stage on the Cumberland Road for Zanesville.” Baldwin never reached Zanesville or his ultimate destination, which was to investigate prehistoric mounds in southern Ohio on behalf of the Antiquarian Society. On that day, near this site, he was killed in what is considered to be the first traffic fatality recorded in Ohio. While passing a drove of hogs on the road, the horses pulling the stage became unmanageable and when the driver tried to check their speed on a decline, the stage turned over. Baldwin was riding with the driver and was killed when the stage rolled over on him. Due to the lateness of the season and the distance from his home, his remains were interred in Norwich.

The National Road
Authorized by Congress in 1806, the National Road was the nation's first federally funded interstate highway. National leaders desired an all-weather road across the Allegheny Mountains in order to develop closer political and economic ties between the east and west. Considered to be a significant engineering feat, the Road opened Ohio and much of the
The National Road Marker (side B) image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 26, 2008
2. The National Road Marker (side B)
Old Northwest Territory to settlement, provided access for Ohio goods to reach eastern markets, and enabled Ohio citizens to play important roles in the affairs of the new nation. The National Road was renowned for the number of quality inns and taverns during the heyday of the stagecoach. The Road declined after 1850 as railroads became the preferred method of travel. The automobile, however, brought new life to the Road. Reborn as U.S. 40, it became a busy twenty-four-hour-day artery, with truck stops, motor courts, and diners until superseded by the interstate highways in the 1960s.
 
Erected 2006 by National Road-Zane Grey Museum, American Antiquarian Society, and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 15-60.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection, and the The Historic National Road marker series.
 
Location. 39° 59.231′ N, 81° 47.34′ W. Marker is in Norwich, Ohio, in Muskingum County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street and Lodge Street, on the left when traveling north on Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is in front of the Masonic Lodge building. Marker is in this post office area: Norwich OH 43767, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured
Christopher C. Baldwin Photo on Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 26, 2008
3. Christopher C. Baldwin Photo on Marker
as the crow flies. Motels (approx. 1.9 miles away); The Historic National Road (approx. 2 miles away); The Historic National Road in Ohio (approx. 2 miles away); Mile Markers (approx. 2 miles away); Warren Pony Truss Bridge (approx. 2 miles away); Zane’s Trace Bridge (approx. 2 miles away); S-Bridge (approx. 2.3 miles away); Fox Creek Bridge (approx. 2.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Norwich.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. An identical National Road marker in Springfield, Ohio
 
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First Traffic Fatality in Ohio/The National Road Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 26, 2008
4. First Traffic Fatality in Ohio/The National Road Marker
Masonic Lodge "Cornerstone" image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 26, 2008
5. Masonic Lodge "Cornerstone"
Norwich Corporate Limit Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 26, 2008
6. Norwich Corporate Limit Marker
Located at intersection of U.S.40 and Norwich Drive (39.98031N, 81.800648W)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 6, 2008, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 2,162 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on November 6, 2008, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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