: Photograph showing the unpaved National Road with telephone lines, fields, and a church. The description located on the back of the photograph reads: "Amsterdam, Licking County."
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.
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: P199_B01_F15_03 Subjects
: Roads; Ohio Economy--Transportation and Development; Travel; Streets--Ohio; National Road; Places
: Zanesville (Ohio); Muskingum County (Ohio);