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National Road in Greenup photograph
Description: Photograph showing an unidentified man next to an automobile along the unpaved National Road. The description located on the back of the photograph reads: "National Road, Greenup, Indiana, 1911." However, the author of the written description may be referring to Greenup, Illinois, rather than Indiana. Beginning construction in 1806, the National Road (also known as the Cumberland Road) was the first federally-funded interstate highway. Crossing six states from Cumberland, Maryland, to Vandalia, Illinois, over 220 miles of the 600-mile road pass through Ohio. During the nineteenth century it was an important commercial artery for Midwestern merchants and farmers, and in the twentieth century, it continued to be a major east/west route for automobile travel. The National Road has been named both an "All-American Road" and a "National Scenic Byway" by the U.S. Department of Transportation. View on Ohio Memory.
Image ID: P199_B01_F15_05
Subjects: Roads; Transportation; Travel; Streets--Ohio; National Road;
Places: Greenup (Illinois);