Eagles Nest Historical

Eagles Nest Historical (HM1UY2)

Location: Glenford, OH 43739 Licking County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 56.909', W 82° 16.119'

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The Historic National Road in Ohio

For nearly fifty years prior to 1914, almost no maintenance had been carried out on "the pike", the National Road. By the early 20th century, bicyclists, automobile owners, postal service, and the trucking industry were demanding better roads. The large granite rock at this site, known as Eagles Nest, commemorates the experimental paving of a 29-mile section of the National Road from Zanesville to Hebron between 1914 and 1916. Arch W. Smith, of the Ohio State Highway Department called the newly paved highway, "the model concrete road of the world." Chiseled in the granite rock are renderings of a Conestoga wagon, an early automobile, and the distances to Columbus (32 miles) and to Cumberland, Maryland (220 miles).
The inscription on the monument reads:
Old National Road
Built 1825, Rebuilt 1914
Through the efforts of James M. Cox
Governor of Ohio
The demand for improved roads led the federal government, under the Taft and Wilson administrations, to devise a plan to help states finance the building of experimental paved roads. The national government put up $120,000, with Licking and Muskingum counties contributing $240,000, and the State of Ohio adding another $80,000. The federal share was conditional that the road be rebuilt with concrete and not brick. Not everyone was happy with this plan. A
protest from the brick manufacturers in Zanesville, who employed over 1,000 men led the president of the Zanesville Chamber of Commerce to declare, "If there is an ounce of red blood in our bodies, we will protest against this to the bitter end." It was actually a simple case of cost. The federal government was willing to support the expense of the road building up to $16,000 a mile.
Concrete construction could meet that figure, brick could not.
HM NumberHM1UY2
Series This marker is part of the The Historic National Road series
Year Placed2010
Placed ByThe Ohio National Road Association, Inc
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, October 10th, 2016 at 9:04am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 391625 N 4422809
Decimal Degrees39.94848333, -82.26865000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 56.909', W 82° 16.119'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 56' 54.54" N, 82° 16' 7.14" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)740
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 15051 National Rd SE, Glenford OH 43739, US
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