The National Road

The National Road (HM2H6G)

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N 39° 41.81', W 79° 9.428'

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The Road that Built the Nation

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

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

The next generation built that "United States Road," a thirty-foot wide, crushed stone thoroughfare that spanned rivers, traversed mountains and opened up America's western frontier to the Mississippi. Merchants, travelers, traders and families from all over the world journeyed along this route in their quest to claim land, expand markets and form new lives.

Today, you can trace that same path along the Historic National Road. Discover the places, events and stories that shaped this nation. To have your own adventure, visit where you can download a free mobile app or stop by any Welcome Center or local visitor center to pick up a Historic

National Road map-guide.

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.

Are we there yet?
These early 20th century travelers speak to all of us who at one time or another couldn't wait to get out of the car. Today we have the luxury of taking our modern interstates for granted. But who can't relate to those face?
HM NumberHM2H6G
Placed ByAmerica's Byways, Maryland National Road Association
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Date Added Sunday, May 26th, 2019 at 8:04am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 658005 N 4395732
Decimal Degrees39.69683333, -79.15713333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 41.81', W 79° 9.428'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 41' 48.6" N, 79° 9' 25.68" W
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