The Historic National Road in Ohio
The use of mile markers began in the Roman Empire with stone obelisks. The Roman mile markers appeared in the fourth century B.C. on the Empire’s legendary Appian Way, the road from Rome to Brindisi.
National Road mile markers were set at 1 mile intervals along the north side of the Road. Each states mile markers were a different design, but all displayed the same information. Ohio’s markers were square with round heads, made of an early form of concrete, sandstone, or limestone, while in Pennsylvania they were made of cast iron.
Ohio’s 5-foot tall markers were set 2 feet into the ground with 3 feet exposed. Each marker indicated the distance to Cumberland, Maryland, where the Road begins, and the name and mileage to the nearest cities and villages, for east and westbound travelers.
Whether the letters and numerals were painted or carved, markers followed a standard pattern of showing at the top the number of miles from the beginning of the National Road in Cumberland, Maryland. On the next row, they wrote the name
By the 1920s, a uniform highway numbering system with standardized road signs replaced the old mile markers, but many remain along the Road. See how many you can indentify.
(3 pics, a crest)
The Road That Helped Build The Nation
An All American Road – National Scenic Byway
Erected by The Ohio National Road Association, Inc.
Location. 39° 58.529′ N, 81° 49.355′ 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). Touch for map. Marker is in the parking lot of the National Road – Zane Grey Museum. Marker is at or near this postal address: 8850 E Pike, Norwich OH 43767, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the
1. identical markers
There are at least two more markers, identical with this one; one in Kirkersville, Ohio and one in Reynoldsbirg, Ohio
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Credits. This page was last revised on September 20, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 9, 2016, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. This page has been viewed 218 times since then and 20 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.