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Frankl Lloyd Wright's Westcott House

The Historic National Road Byway is lined with "pike towns" that grew up around stopping points for foot and horse powered traffic in the early 19th century. In Ohio, the byway extends from the West Virginia state line at the Ohio River to the Indiana state line, 225 miles long.

The road began to decline by 1850 as the feeling in the country and in Congress was that railroads made roads and canals obsolete for long distance transportation. The invention of the first recognizably modern bicycle and the modern automobile, both in 1885, sparked a renewed interest in roads, including the National Road. Most of the alignment of the National Road was incorporated into US 40 when the national route system went into effect in 1926.

Related Links

2020 Corridor Management Plan

ASCE Historic National Road Project

Ohio National Road Association

National Scenic Byway Information

Belmont County Tourism

Dayton Montgomery County Visitors Bureau

Experience Columbus

Visit Guernsey County

Greater Licking County Convention & Visitors Bureau

Reynoldsburg Visitors and Community Activities Bureau

Zanesville-Muskingum County Convention & Visitors Bureau

Belmont County Story Map

Byway Highlights

40 on 40 Itinerary

Historic National Road Video

Ohio National Road Brochure

John and Anne Glenn Historic Site

National Road/Zane Grey Museum

Headley Inn

Franklin Park Conservatory

The Ohio Statehouse and Capitol Square

The Red Brick Tavern

The Clark County Heritage Museum

Pennsylvania House Museum