The first road funded by the United States government was the National Road. This road was built between 1811 and 1837 between Cumberland, Maryland and Vandalia, the capital of Illinois at the time. Along the way, it passed right through the middle of Ohio, including the city of Zanesville and the state capital, Columbus. When the nation’s transportation preference shifted from the horse to the automobile, the National Road became part of the National Old Trails Road. In 1926, the United States began numbering its highways, and the old National Road became part of US Route 40. In 2002, the Federal Highway Administration recognized the road’s historic nature by adding it to the list of All-American Roads. This is an honor bestowed upon only 31 roads in the whole country.
Our Ohio Historic National Road marker is a replica of the signs marking this historic route on its way through Ohio. It is a faithful duplicate of the original, made from photos of the sign in use in the field. It features the stars-and-stripes shield used to signify the National Road in other states. The Ohio version also includes a map of the route’s course across Ohio. Our replica is a great way to revisit memories of your journeys down this historic road, or simply brighten any space with a bit of patriotic flair.
Our Ohio Historic National Road marker is printed on heavy, 14-gauge steel. It has a durable, non-reflective finish that allows it to be displayed indoors or outdoors. Convenient mounting holes are included to make installation easy. You can get this sign in the following sizes:
- 9.6 in. × 12 in.
- 16 in. × 20 in.
- 24 in. × 30 in.
- 32 in. × 40 in.
Is there another scenic byway or trail you’d like a sign from? We would be happy to help! We’re always looking for new designs to add to our site. We can also customize this sign to your liking. Let’s started on your custom order—just contact Jake to begin.