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Frederick in Frederick County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The National Road

The Road that Built the Nation

 
 
The National Road Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 3, 2007
1. The National Road Marker
Inscription. “. . . so many happy people, restless in the midst of abundance.” —Alexis de Tocqueville, 1840.

Americans are an adventurous people. From past to present, they have used feet, horses, wagons, stagecoaches, canals, railroads, bicycles, automobiles, trucks and buses to “perpetually change their plans and abodes.”

Centuries ago, George Washington dreamed of a highway joining east and west. In 1806, Thomas Jefferson made that roadway a reality when he risked his Presidency by authorizing, “an Act to regulate the laying out and making [of] a road from Cumberland in the State of Maryland to the State of Ohio.”

The next generation built that “United States Road,” a thirty-foot wide, crushed stone thoroughfare that spanned rivers, traversed mountains and opened up America’s western frontier to the Mississippi. Merchants, traders and families from all over the world journeyed along this route in their quest to claim land, expand markets and form new lives.

Today, you can trace that same path along the Historic National Road. Discover the places, events and stories that shaped this nation. To have your own adventure, stop by any Welcome Center or local visitor center to speak to a travel counselor and pick up a Historic
The National Road Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 3, 2007
2. The National Road Marker
National Road map-guide.

(sidebar) Built in the early 1800s, a paved highway west was America’s first federal project. Much of the approximately 800 mile long National Road is still marked by historic milestones.
 
Erected by America's Byways.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the The Historic National Road marker series.
 
Location. 39° 24.844′ N, 77° 24.449′ W. Marker is in Frederick, Maryland, in Frederick County. Marker is at the intersection of East Patrick Street (State Highway 144) and Carroll Street on East Patrick Street. Touch for map. Located in front of the downtown Frederick post office. Marker is at or near this postal address: 201 East Patrick Street, Frederick MD 21701, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Frederick (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); One Vast Hospital (about 500 feet away); 1862 Antietam Campaign (about 500 feet away); Hospitals in Frederick (about 500 feet away); Evangelical Lutheran Church (about 700 feet away); The Everedy Company (about 800 feet away); Old Freight Depot (approx. 0.2 miles away); Market & Patrick Streets (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Frederick.
 
More about this marker.
Are we there yet? image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, August 28, 2014
3. Are we there yet?
These early 20th century travelers speak to all of us who at one time or another couldn’t wait to get out of the car. Today, we have the luxury of taking our modern interstates for granted. But who can’t relate to those faces?
Close-up of photo on marker
The marker displays a picture of a family standing beside an early 20th Century car along the National Road. Captioned: “Are we there yet? These early 20th century travelers speak to all of us who at one time or another couldn’t wait to get out of the car. Today, we have the luxury of taking our modern interstates for granted. But who can’t relate to those faces?”

The marker also has a map showing the general path of the National Road from Baltimore to St. Louis. And uses the background “The National Road at Fairview Inn,” which is standard for this marker series. An elevation diagram of the national road is displayed on the bottom of the marker's face.
 
Regarding The National Road. This is a standard informational marker often used along the National Road in Maryland and is duplicated at other locations.
 
Also see . . .  The Historic National Road in Maryland. The Road that Built a Nation. (Submitted on September 2, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.) 
 
Categories. Roads & Vehicles
 
Downtown Frederick image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 3, 2007
4. Downtown Frederick
Next to the marker is a map of downtown Frederick, pointing out historical sites, restaurants, and other areas of interest. Similar maps are placed around town and next to other historical markers for handy reference.
<i>National Highway Over South Mountain (1100 ft.) Between Frederick and Hagerstown, Md.</i> image. Click for full size.
circa 1920
5. National Highway Over South Mountain (1100 ft.) Between Frederick and Hagerstown, Md.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 29, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,482 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 29, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   3. submitted on September 2, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   4. submitted on September 29, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   5. submitted on November 12, 2015. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
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