The National Road in Maryland
An introduction to my trip along the National Road in Maryland.
Ellicott City on the National Road in Maryland
Ellicott City, Maryland, was founded in 1772 around the Ellicott brothers’ flour mill. It later became a transportation hub as the National Road passed through it and the B&O Railroad laid the nation’s first miles of commercial track to it. Here’s where the two roads intersect: A Berkeley professor named George Stewart spent a good…
New Market on the National Road in Maryland
A stop in charming, quaint New Market on Maryland’s National Road.
Antietam Creek bridges
You may remember the name Antietam from high-school history: the Battle of Antietam, the bloodiest day of the Civil War. Your history book probably featured a battle scene image that included a stone bridge over Antietam Creek. Maybe it was this image. Many stone bridges were built across Antietam Creek, as well as other Maryland…
The Wilson Bridge on the National Road in Maryland
Visiting Wilson’s Bridge on the National Road near Hagerstown, Maryland.
Abandoned 1930s Maryland National Road pavement
The automobile created demand for good roads in the early 20th century. Dirt and gravel were upgraded to brick, concrete, and asphalt. Hills were leveled, valleys were filled, and curves were straightened. Not quite two miles past the Wilson bridge west of Hagerstown, MD, lies this example of state-of-the-art roadbuilding circa 1930. A straightened and…
The National Road view from Maryland’s Polish Mountain
Looking out over US 40 and I-68 from the original National Road on Polish Mountain in Maryland.
Three National Road/US 40 bridges over Maryland’s Casselman River
In Garrett County, MD, three bridges still stand that successively carried the National Road/US 40 over the Casselman River.
Scenes from the National Road in 1920
Long about March I’ve been cooped up so long that I start to itch for my first spring road trip. The guys over at the American Road forum have been talking about the National Road a lot lately. One fellow there has started an ambitious online project to capture the road’s history. It has me…
single frame: On the beach in Ocean City
Where US 50 begins (or ends, depending on your perspective)
I wax a little too philosophical about US 50 and its ends. I got to see one of them: the eastern end, in Ocean City, MD.