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.

Date Made: ca 1840

See more items in: Work and Industry: Transportation, Road, America on the Move, Transportation, Road Transportation

Exhibition: America On The Move

Exhibition Location: National Museum of American History

Credit Line: State of Maryland, State Roads Commission

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: TR.322268Catalog Number: 322268Accession Number: 247888

Object Name: milepostOther Terms: milepost; Road

Physical Description: iron (overall material)cast (overall production method/technique)Measurements: overall: 56 in x 27 in x 14 in; 142.24 cm x 68.58 cm x 35.56 cm


Record Id: nmah_841430

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