History, Road Trips

Where the National Road fades away

One more old alignment of US 40 and the National Road lurks in western Indiana, and it takes us from West Terre Haute almost to the Illinois border. It’s highlighted in green on this image.

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At one time, as best as I can piece together, the road curved south just before it crossed Sugar Creek (at upper right on the image above). The bridge is gone and buildings stand in the former roadway on both sides of the creek, but the old road is accessible via the next crossroads. Here’s the old road westbound.

Old US 40 near Toad Hop

After the road curves again it crosses another little creek. This time, the bridge is still intact.

Old US 40 near Toad Hop

This bridge was built in 1919. Indiana had just formed its first numbered highway system the year before, and the National Road was State Road 3. It wouldn’t become US 40 until 1926.

Old US 40 near Toad Hop

Not far beyond the bridge is one final connection to current US 40. Beyond it, the road fades away. Modern US 40 and I-70 merge just past the end of the road.

Old US 40 near Toad Hop

And so ended my trip along the National Road and US 40 in western Indiana.

ReadMore A narrow brick road emerges on the other side of the I-70/US 40 merger, which is in Illinois. Read about it here and here on my roads site.

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8 thoughts on “Where the National Road fades away

    • I-70 was built roughly along the US 40/NR corridor across Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois. While the two roads are sometimes a couple miles apart, they are also multiplexed in several places. I’m not sure how many of those places are also National Road alignments, as US 40 has been rerouted away from the NR in many places, but I can think of one place between Morristown and Hendrysburg, OH where I-70 sits on top of the old NR — look it up on Google Maps.

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