Historic National Road, West Virginia

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About Historic National Road:

Our nation forever changed due to what originated along this old, 16-mile stretch now called the Historic

National Road. In 1863, West Virginia developed into a new state - the only state to successfully break off

from another. At Mt. Wood Overlook, the highest point along the route, let your eyes sweep over views both east

and west of the route, or walk through historic districts and see how life was a century ago.

There are many historic buildings interspersed along the route, and stopping by the Wheeling Visitor Center

will give you a brief history of Wheeling, as well as suggestions for where to visit, such as the West Virginia

Independence Hall where the Restored Government of Virginia was established. For entertainment and history in

one setting, be sure to stop by the Capitol Music Hall, established in 1933 and now home to Jamboree U.S.A. and

the Wheeling Symphony. The Byway also boasts many impressive museums and art galleries, such as the Kruger

Street Toy and Train Museum, where the annual Marx Toy Convention is held.

Visitors and residents alike will enjoy the m

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About Historic National Road:
The National Road or Cumberland Road was one of the first major improved highways in the United States, built by the federal government. Construction began in 1811 at Cumberland, Maryland, on the Potomac River. It then crossed the Allegheny Mountains and southwestern Pennsylvania, reaching Wheeling, Virginia (now West Virginia) on the Ohio River in 1818. Plans were made to continue through St. Louis, Missouri, on the Mississippi River to Jefferson City, Missouri, but funding ran out and construction stopped at Vandalia, Illinois in 1839. A chain of turnpikes connecting Baltimore, Maryland, to the National Road at Cumberland was completed in 1824, forming what is referred to as an eastern extension of the National Road. In 1835 the road east of Wheeling was turned over to the states for operation as a turnpike. It came to be known as the National Pike, a name also applied to the Baltimore extension. The approximately 620-mile (1000 km) road provided a connection between the Potoma
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