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U.S. 40 - The National Road
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Description:
U.S. Route 40 stretches 3,022 miles across the United States. It consists of several different roads and projects which, over the years, have added up to create the present day highway. This category is to mark historical locations and pieces of Americana along this road.
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History of U.S. Route 40
Present day U.S. Route 40 runs from Atlantic City, NJ to Park City, UT. In its past the eastern terminus has been in Cumberland (now Baltimore), MD, New York, NY, and Atlantic City. The western terminus was found in Vandalia, IL, Los Angeles, CA, San Francisco, CA, and Park City, UT.

The National Road
It originally started with the National Road. This was one of the United States earliest highway projects. At that time the idea was to connect east coast to the Ohio River in order to provide an easy means of travel. Originally started in 1806, construction of the National Road progressed westward until it reached the goal at the Ohio River. At that time it was decided to further extend the highway into Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, and Missouri. The goal then being to reach Jefferson City, MO on the Mississippi River by way of Saint Louis Unfortunately funding for the project ran out in 1839 and The National Road was considered complete in Vandalia, Illinois.

The National Old Trails Coast-to-Coast Highway
Shortly after The National Road was complete, it was rolled into the National Old Trails Coast-To-Coast Highway. This road was started in 1912, and reached from New York, NY to Los Angeles, CA. Along this route, the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution erected large statues in each state though which this highway passed. Known as "Madonna of the Trail," these were placed to mark the trail when their plan to place 3,095 individual mile markers failed.

U.S. Route 40
Once again as time passed the route changed again. In 1926 the route was realigned to run from Atlantic City, NJ to San Francisco, CA. It was then renamed to U.S. Route 40. Originally it was going to be called U.S. Route 1, however it would not have followed the established highway naming conventions. East/west transcontinental highways use multiples of 10, and north/south highways use numbers ending in five. Between 1926 and today several different realignments have taken place, including alternates US40N and US40S running through Kansas and Colorado. Today far western portions of U.S. Route 40 have been decommissioned placing the official end of the highway in Park City, UT.

By no means is this an exhaustive list of Waymarks that can be included, however here are a few examples of what could be added.

Milestones
Mile Marker

Madonna of the Trail
Madonna of the Trail

Historical Markers pertaining to the history of US Route 40 and its predecessors
National Road Historical Marker

First Traffic Fatality in Ohio 15-60
Note: It's impossible to read at this size, but the second historical marker mentions that the accident took place on The National Road

Instructions for Posting a U.S. 40 - The National Road Waymark:
Areas that are culturally or historically significant, or of special interest to U.S. Route 40 and its early predecessors can be submitted here. Please provide a brief description and at least one photograph (no self-portraits, or GPS photos needed) of the locations. These could be historical markers regarding the highway, historical statues, milestones, and even pieces of Americana such as old motor lodges, and local attractions. If photos cannot be provided, please be as descriptive as possible.
Instructions for Visiting a Waymark in this Category:
To visit a Waymark in this category, just give a brief description of your visit. Maybe why you were there, what you found interesting, or something along those lines. Photos are NOT required to log a visit, but they are encouraged.
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U.S. 40 - The National RoadLucy the Elephant - Margate City, NJ

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One of the most iconic places in all of New Jersey.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member bluesnote

location: New Jersey

date approved: 3/18/2020

last visited: 2/16/2019

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U.S. 40 - The National RoadGas Station & Restaurant - Cooper County, MO

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Relic left to rust and disappear....

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member YoSam.

location: Missouri

date approved: 2/16/2020

last visited: never

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U.S. 40 - The National RoadWorld War I Memorial - Atlantic City, NJ

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At the eastern terminus of Route 40 stands the historic World War I memorial in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member bluesnote

location: New Jersey

date approved: 2/15/2020

last visited: never

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U.S. 40 - The National RoadLamine River Bridge - Cooper County, MO

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Truss bridge across the Lamine River since 1924...

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member YoSam.

location: Missouri

date approved: 2/6/2020

last visited: never

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U.S. 40 - The National RoadOld Post Road - Havre de Grace, MD

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One of many historical markers in Havre de Grace.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member bluesnote

location: Maryland

date approved: 1/26/2020

last visited: never

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U.S. 40 - The National RoadSideling Hill - Little Orleans, MD

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A unique geologic feature along Highway 40 / Interstate 68.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member bluesnote

location: Maryland

date approved: 10/23/2019

last visited: never

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U.S. 40 - The National RoadHavre de Grace Racetrack - Havre de Grace, MD

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One of many historical markers in Havre de Grace.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member bluesnote

location: Maryland

date approved: 10/13/2019

last visited: never

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U.S. 40 - The National RoadThe Old National Road - Brandt, OH

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Ohio Historical Marker #2-55 at the intersection of US 40 and State Route 201.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member buffalohiker

location: Ohio

date approved: 8/6/2019

last visited: 7/6/2019

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U.S. 40 - The National RoadRoyal Farms Chicken - Abingdon, MD

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A Royal Farms chicken at the entrance to a Royal Farms in Abingdon, Maryland.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member bluesnote

location: Maryland

date approved: 6/15/2019

last visited: 6/15/2019

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U.S. 40 - The National RoadDr. Jonathan Pitney - Atlantic City, NJ

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A historical marker in downtown Atlantic City.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member bluesnote

location: New Jersey

date approved: 5/29/2019

last visited: 5/29/2019

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U.S. 40 - The National RoadBoardwalk National Bank - Atlantic City, NJ

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A former bank building a few blocks away from the infamous boardwalk.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member bluesnote

location: New Jersey

date approved: 5/29/2019

last visited: 5/29/2019

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U.S. 40 - The National RoadChristopher Joseph Ford - Atlantic City, NJ

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One of many state markers in Atlantic City.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member bluesnote

location: New Jersey

date approved: 4/26/2019

last visited: 4/26/2019

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U.S. 40 - The National RoadPaul "Skinny" D'amato - Atlantic City, NJ

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One of many state markers in Atlantic City.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member bluesnote

location: New Jersey

date approved: 4/26/2019

last visited: 4/26/2019

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U.S. 40 - The National RoadChristopher Columbus - Atlantic City, NJ

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A statue of Christopher Columbus in downtown Atlantic City.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member bluesnote

location: New Jersey

date approved: 4/26/2019

last visited: 4/26/2019

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U.S. 40 - The National RoadForistell Christian Church - Foristell, MO

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On the Service Road, which was US-40 in the day before Interstates.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member YoSam.

location: Missouri

date approved: 4/17/2019

last visited: never

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U.S. 40 - The National RoadCokesbury Memorial United Methodist Church - Abingdon, MD

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The church was the site of the first Methodist College in the world.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member bluesnote

location: Maryland

date approved: 12/25/2018

last visited: 12/25/2018

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U.S. 40 - The National RoadWoodstown High School - Woodstown, NJ

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A historic high school along Route 40.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member bluesnote

location: New Jersey

date approved: 11/24/2018

last visited: 11/24/2018

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U.S. 40 - The National RoadEternal Peace Cemetery- Wentzville, MO

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Built as Peace, under new ownership changed to Eternal Peace...and up for sale again

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member YoSam.

location: Missouri

date approved: 9/24/2018

last visited: never

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U.S. 40 - The National RoadGov. William Paca - Abingdon, MD

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A state marker along old U.S. 40 just north of Baltimore.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member bluesnote

location: Maryland

date approved: 8/29/2018

last visited: 8/29/2018

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U.S. 40 - The National RoadCokesbury College - Abingdon, MD

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Site of the worlds first methodist college.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member bluesnote

location: Maryland

date approved: 8/29/2018

last visited: 8/29/2018

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U.S. 40 - The National RoadPete's Drive-In - (Pete's A&W back then) - Wentzville, MO

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Been Pete's since 1966...but was A&W from then to 1996....

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member YoSam.

location: Missouri

date approved: 8/29/2018

last visited: never

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U.S. 40 - The National RoadMilestone - Springfield, Ohio

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An original milestone in Springfield, Ohio, in front of the 1839 Pennsylvania House.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member buffalohiker

location: Ohio

date approved: 6/10/2018

last visited: 5/18/2018

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U.S. 40 - The National RoadThe National Road Historical Marker - Springfield, Ohio

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An Ohio Historical Marker detailing the significance of the National Road. The reverse side describes the adjacent Pennsylvania House, a tavern an inn on the National Road.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member buffalohiker

location: Ohio

date approved: 6/10/2018

last visited: 5/18/2018

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U.S. 40 - The National RoadPennsylvania House - Springfield, Ohio

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The Pennsylvania House was built as a tavern and inn along the National Road in 1839.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member buffalohiker

location: Ohio

date approved: 6/8/2018

last visited: 5/18/2018

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U.S. 40 - The National RoadJohn Glenn - New Concord, OH

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John Glenn's boyhood home.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Bon Echo

location: Ohio

date approved: 6/7/2018

last visited: 7/4/2018

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