The National Road-America's First Highway, March, 1998 National Geographic Magazine

America's first highway, the historic National Road, is a tapestry of different eras and a tribute to small town life. Settlers headed west in wagon trains in the early 1800s got stuck on muddy, rutted mountain roads and inched along barely negotiable trails in the flatlands. Thomas Jefferson put surveyors to work and construction began in Cumberland, MD in 1811 running through six states. Towns sprouted up along the road which became known as "Main Street."
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