Moving Goods on the National Road

Moving Goods on the National Road (HM3BC)

Location: West Friendship, MD 21794 Howard County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 18.3', W 76° 57.891'

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"Open a wide door, and make a smooth way for the produce of that Country to pass to our Markets." George Washington, 1784

America's founders looked west for the future success of the new country. The United States needed good roads and canals to open up frontier settlements. Baltimore was one of the first eastern cities to build a "smooth way" to the interior. Soon after 1800, this "Great Western Turnpike" became the first leg of a National Road that eventually reached St. Louis.

By the mid 1830s, western farmers were shipping their crops and goods to Baltimore on the National Road. There, local merchants used the growing port of Baltimore to reach a world market. The result was a revolution in "community-based" agriculture that soonbecame national and international. Livestock, grains, fruits and vegetables were linked to customers by an ever improving transportation system. Freight wagons were followed by the railroad, then the automobile. Today's ever present eighteen-wheeled trucks are directdescendants of the Conestoga Wagons pulled by six-horse teams on the old National Road.
HM NumberHM3BC
Series This marker is part of the The Historic National Road series
Placed ByAmerica's Byways
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 at 11:55pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 330586 N 4352464
Decimal Degrees39.30500000, -76.96485000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 18.3', W 76° 57.891'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 18' 18.00" N, 76° 57' 53.46" W
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Area Code(s)410, 443, 301
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 13015-13099 MD-144, West Friendship MD 21794, US
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