The National Road

The National Road (HM19Y9)

Location: Cumberland, MD 21502 Allegany County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 38.959', W 78° 45.794'

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The Road that Built the Nation

". . . so many happy people, restless in the midst of abundance." —Alexis de Tocqueville, 1840.

Americans are an adventurous people. Frompast 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 ofa highway joining east and west. In 1806,Thomas Jefferson made that roadway a realitywhen he risked his Presidency by authorizing,"an Act to regulate the laying out and making[of] a road from Cumberland in the State ofMaryland to the State of Ohio."

The next generation built that "United StatesRoad," a thirty-foot wide, crushed stonethoroughfare that spanned rivers, traversedmountains and opened up America's westernfrontier to the Mississippi. Merchants, tradersand families from all over the world journeyedalong this route in their quest to claim land,expand markets and form new lives.

Today, you can trace that same path along theHistoric National Road. Discover the places,events and stories that shaped this nation. Tohave your own adventure, stop by any WelcomeCenter or local visitor center to speak to a travelcounselor and pick up a Historic National Roadmap-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.
HM NumberHM19Y9
Series This marker is part of the The Historic National Road series
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, October 9th, 2014 at 3:14pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 691912 N 4391226
Decimal Degrees39.64931667, -78.76323333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 38.959', W 78° 45.794'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 38' 57.54" N, 78° 45' 47.64" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)301, 240
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 119 S Mechanic St, Cumberland MD 21502, US
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