The National Road

The National Road (HM1O7)

Location: Farmington, PA 15437 Fayette County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 49.076', W 79° 35.251'

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This "National Road" connected east and west in the 1800s. George Washington proposed a route to join the western frontier to the eastern seaboard in the late 1700s. His idea was later promoted by Albert Gallatin, Secretary of the Treasury under Presidents Thomas Jefferson and James Madison—and Congress authorized the road in 1806.

Work started in 1811. While a privately funded road connected Baltimore with Cumberland, Maryland, this first federally funded highway tied Cumberland to Wheeling, Virginia, in 1818. By 1839 the road stretched more than 600 miles to Vandalia, Illinois. Although railroads eventually displaced it, the National Road's success set the stage for today's national highway system.
HM NumberHM1O7
Series This marker is part of the The Historic National Road series
Placed ByFort Necessity National Battlefield, National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, October 12th, 2014 at 8:46am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 620890 N 4408504
Decimal Degrees39.81793333, -79.58751667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 49.076', W 79° 35.251'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 49' 4.56" N, 79° 35' 15.06" W
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Area Code(s)724
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 3414 National Pike, Farmington PA 15437, US
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