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Old National Road Learning Activity

Old National Road Learning Activity


Photos of the Old Original "National Trail" Stone Bridge, still in use over U.S. 40 Spur, W. of Marshall, Illinois  (By Howard Taylor)

. . . .Note the keystone at the top-center of the arch.  This bridge was constructed of limestone, and was tightly fit together without cement of any other means.  It still supports semis, and any vehicle on the U.S. 40 spur.


19th Century to Present
. . . .Also known as Cumberland Trail, Cumberland Pike, National Trail.  the Nemacolin's Path and old Braddock's Road are connected with this 1st Interstate Highway for the United States








Visit Our Other Pioneer/ Abraham Lincoln Web Activity Sites ,  but come on back here!

Old National Road now known as U.S. 40

This Year 2006 is the Bi-Centennial of the start of the Old National Trail, initiated by President Thomas Jefferson,

Signs at the U.S. 40 and Old National Road Intersection,

West of Marshall, Il



The National Road (also known as the Cumberland Road, Cumberland Pike, National Pike and Western Pike) was created by an Act of Congress in 1803 and signed by President Thomas Jefferson. The road is commonly known to start around Baltimore, Maryland, but also some think Cumberland, Maryland.  The National Road has a special interest in states from Maryland to Illinois.


Learning On-Line Trail Resources

National Trail 
Student Activity Page
Pioneer Times Hotlist of Resources  
National Trail
Resource Page
National Park Service
Traveling the National Road Classroom Activity
Student Trail Notepad 
For writing notes and credits for information gathering
Using "Primary" Resources for Research

Outline of the Pioneer Activities

Origin of the Old National Trail

A New Start!  Westward Bound 
Why and Where the Emigrants would go--

Planning the Journey

Life & Death on the Trail

Wagons, Horses & Oxen

Milestone Markers & Maps

The Madonna's on the Trail

The Trail into the 20th Century
Trail On-Line Resources
Old National Trail is now U.S. 40

National Trail Resources

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