Historic National Road - Indiana

Historic National Road - Indiana

Address:c/o Indiana National Road Association
PO Box 284
Cambridge City, IN 47327

Phone:765-478-3172
Web: www.indiananationalroad.org Description:America's first interstate highway, the National Road was built to to link the people and cities along the Eastern seaboard to those on the frontiers west of the Allegheny Mountains. Authorized by Congress in 1806, construction of the road began in Cumberland, Maryland in 1811. The road reached Vandalia, then the Illinois state capitol, in 1839 and later was completed to the Illinois border at East Saint Louis, opening a link to the water route of the Mississippi.Spanning the breadth of the state, the Indiana section of the National Road follows Highway 40 right through the heart of Indiana and its capital, Indianapolis. Points of interest include: Antique Alley, featuring more than 900 antique dealers in a 33-mile stretch; Children's Museum of Indianapolis, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and the Richmond Railroad Depot Historic District.
Legth: 156 miles (Indiana); 824 miles (entire route). Start/Endpoint: The east/west route runs from Baltimore, Maryland, to the Mississippi River at the Eads Bridge in East Saint Louis, Illinois. It crosses six states: Maryland, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois. The Indiana section of the road follows US 40 from Richmond, near the Ohio border, to West Terre Haute, near the Illinois border. Designation/Year: All-American Road (2002).

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