First Roads to the West

First Roads to the West (HM1LW)

Location: Farmington, PA 15437 Fayette County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 49.921', W 79° 36.041'

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Before the Europeans, only Indian trails led through virgin forests that once stretched beyond the horizon. About 1750 Nemacolin, a Delaware Indian, blazed a trail past here for the Ohio Company. Four years later, Virginia militia under Lt. Col. George Washington cut a narrow "road" through this wilderness from present-day Cumberland, Maryland to beyond Fort Necessity.

In 1755, Maj. Gen. Edward Braddock's British army widened Washington's road and extended it to the Monongahela River. Braddock's Road was an amazing engineering feat. Hundreds of men cut a 12-foot-wide swath through the forest for Braddock's 2,400 soldiers, 13 cannons, about 100 wagons, and a herd of cattle. After the French and Indian War, this road became the main route west until the adjacent National Road reached the Ohio River in 1818.
HM NumberHM1LW
Series This marker is part of the Braddock's Road and Maj. Gen. Edward Braddock series
Placed ByFort Necessity National Battlefield, National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior
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Date Added Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 at 1:13am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 619739 N 4410049
Decimal Degrees39.83201667, -79.60068333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 49.921', W 79° 36.041'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 49' 55.26" N, 79° 36' 2.46" W
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Area Code(s)724
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 3101 US-40, Farmington PA 15437, US
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