National Road/Zane Grey Museum
—One of Several Identical Markers —
The use of mile markers began in the Roman Empire with the use of stone obelisks. The first 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 are set at one mile intervals along the north side of the Road. Each state’s 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 obelisks made of cast iron. Ohio’s five-foot tall markers were set two feet deep into the ground with three 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 or numerals were painted or carved, markers followed a standard pattern of showing at the top the number of miles from the beginning of the Road in Cumberland, Maryland. On the next
By the 1920’s, 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 identify.
Erected 2014 by The Ohio National Road Association, Inc.
Marker series. This marker is included in the The Historic National Road marker series.
Location. 39° 58.529′ N, 81° 49.356′ W. Marker is in Norwich, Ohio, in Muskingum County. Marker can be reached from E. Pike Old National Road (U.S. 40). Touch for map. Marker is in the parking lot at the National Road/Zane Grey Museum, next to another marker. Marker is at or near this postal address: 8850 E. Pike Old Nationa lRoad, 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 crow flies. The Historic National Road in Ohio (here, next to this marker); The Historic National Road (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); Motels (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Salt Creek Bridge/Timber Covered Bridges (approx. 1.9 miles away); First Traffic Fatality in Ohio/The National Road (approx. 2 miles away); S-Bridge (approx. 4.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Norwich.
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Credits. This page was last revised on September 8, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 6, 2016, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. This page has been viewed 171 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on September 6, 2016, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.