TRAVELING THE NATIONAL ROAD Across the Centuries on America’s First Highway


Merritt lerley

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The life story of America’s first highway- born as an Indian footpath, known over the years as the National Road and the National Pike, and surviving as US Route 40- told firsthand by those who knew the road best: countless generations of passerby who included such historical personalities as Andrew Jackson and Davey Crockett.

The official National Road spans some of the most historical miles of the United States, Cutting across Maryland, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana and Illinois. Richly illustrated with engravings, maps and photographs, this unique volume recounts all the ups and downs of this important piece of American history, including the annual celebration of the road, the National Pike Festival.