National Road Milepost, about 1840

This cast iron milepost stood near Frostburg, Maryland on the National Road, the most ambitious road building project undertaken in the United States at the time of its construction. Opened in 1818 between Cumberland, Maryland and Wheeling, Virginia (now West Virginia), the National Road was the first highway built with federal funds and eventually was extended to Illinois. The National Road became one of the great highways of westward migration, carrying supplies to settlers near the Ohio River and frontier products to eastern cities.
Object Name
date made
ca 1840
Physical Description
iron (overall material)
cast (overall production method/technique)
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Road Transportation
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Work and Industry: Transportation, Road
Road Transportation
American on the Move
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
State of Maryland, State Roads Commission

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