National Road

23 Oct

Tuesday, Oct 26th, we’ll explore some of the scientific and technological innovations which made westward expansion possible.  Important among them was the develop of a national road  system.  The video above gives a bit of the history of the Nation Road, now Rte 40.

The National Road or Cumberland Road was one of the first major improved highways in the United States to be built by the federal government. Construction began in 1811 at Cumberland, Maryland, on the Potomac River. It crossed the Allegheny Mountains and southwestern Pennsylvania, reaching Wheeling, Virginia (now West Virginia) on the Ohio River in 1818. Plans were made to continue through St. Louis, Missouri, on the Mississippi River to Jefferson City, Missouri, but funding ran out and construction stopped at Vandalia, Illinois in 1839.

Tecumseh will receive a bit of our attention.  The PBS series, WE SHALL REMAIN has an episode about Tecumseh.

I look forward to our conversations Tuesday.  —  Frank



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