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    Discover US 40: The National Road

    Created by Kathleen Thompson on September 7th 2020, 11:37:42 am.

    Driving on US 40 today, you are following the route of the National Road, one of the nation's first infrastructure projects. Shortly after the Revolution political leaders advocated for the construction of new roads and canals to connect the states in the east to economic opportunities in the Ohio Valley and further to the Mississippi. The National Road was constructed between Cumberland, MD and Wheeling, (W)Va in the early 1800s and later expanded to connect from Baltimore to Illinois.