Zane's Trace

Zane's Trace (HM8N9)

Location: New Concord, OH 43762 Muskingum County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 59.575', W 81° 44.742'

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Side A
Fulfilling President George Washington's desire to "open wide the gates of the West," in 1796 Congress authorized the Zane brothers of Fort Henry (at present day Wheeling) to clear a path through the dense woods of Appalachian Ohio. Zane's Trace cut through the forests of eleven counties, reaching the Ohio River at Aberdeen, across from Limestone (now Maysville), Kentucky. The trail roughly follows the routes of U.S. 22 and 40 to Lancaster, S. R. 159 to Chillicothe, U.S. 50 to Bainbridge, and S. R. 41 to Aberdeen.

Side B:
Although "it was a tight fit for a fat horse," thousands of settlers journeyed down Zane's Trace to build settlements at St. Clairsville, Cambridge, Zanesville, Somerset, Lancaster, and Chillicothe. With the construction of the "New State Road" (authorized in 1804 to improve Zane's Trace) and the National Road (completed through New Concord in 1828), Ohio's overland commerce and communication steadily improved. From this point one can see the five major routes into Ohio: Zane's Trace, the National Road, the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, U.S. Route 40, and Interstate 70.
HM NumberHM8N9
Series This marker is part of the Daughters of the American Revolution series, and the The Historic National Road series.
Marker Number12-60
Year Placed2003
Placed ByOhio Bicentennial Commission, The Marietta Chapter NSDAR, The Village of New Concord and R.E. New, and The Ohio Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, October 25th, 2014 at 11:34pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 436340 N 4427237
Decimal Degrees39.99291667, -81.74570000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 59.575', W 81° 44.742'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 59' 34.50" N, 81° 44' 44.52" W
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Area Code(s)740
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1-837 Shadyside Dr, New Concord OH 43762, US
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