Description - George Washington and Thomas Jefferson believed that a trans-Appalachian road was essential for the unification of the young, expanding America. Their objective was realized in 1806, when Congress authorized the construction of the first federally supported road in U.S. history. This road stretched from Cumberland, Maryland to the Ohio River.
The National Road (US 40) is the extension of the early road that was created through Washington and Jefferson; it now stretches from Maryland to the western border of Illinois. The Ohio portion of the National Road is 225 miles long and it extends from Bridgeport to the Indiana border.
- The National Road is known for it's Historical and Scenic Attractions.