1834 stone-arch bridge on the National Road
Canon PowerShot S95
Because reader Peggy told me she likes my bridge posts, I’m going through my photo archives to share more interesting bridges.
Built in 1834, this bridge carries the nation’s first federally funded highway, the National Road, over this creek on the west edge of Marshall, Illinois. The National Road connected Cumberland, Maryland to Vandalia, Illinois, via Wheeling, West Virginia; Columbus, Ohio; and Indianapolis, Indiana.
You won’t find many US bridges older than this one, especially outside the original 13 colonies. It still carries traffic every day — and unless you know it’s there, you can’t tell that such ancient infrastructure is supporting your car as you drive over it.
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Last updated on 18 March 2020 by Jim Grey