Scope and Contents
This collection includes Indiana General Assembly documentation from the 27th Congress in 1842 and the 28th Congress in 1844 regarding the financing of the National Road (also known as the Cumbersland Road). Each document requests money for the National Road. The three items are: (1) January 7, 1842, Doc. No. 35, Cumberland Road Memorial from the Legislature of Indiana; (2) February 19, 1844, Doc. No. 129, Bridges on the Cumberland Road, Joint Resolution of the General Assembly of Indiana; and (3) February 19, 1844, Doc. No. 143, Resolutions of the Legislature of Indiana.
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This collection is open for research.
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Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.
The National Road, the country's first interstate highway, ran from Cumberland, Maryland, to Vandalia, Illinois. The first section as far as Wheeling, Virginia (now West Virginia), was the Cumberland Road which opened in 1818. Construction of the road ceased in 1839, leaving much of the route unfinished in Indiana and Illinois, before its construction was transferred to the states. The National Road ran east-west through Richmond, Indianapolis, and Terre Haute, Indiana roughly along the modern U.S. 40, although it originally aligned with East and West Washington streets, while the modern U.S. 40 is routed along I-465 in Indianapolis.
Items in the collection.
Indiana National Road Association. "Promoting the National Road Since 1994!" Last updated March 24, 2016. Accessed April 14, 2016. http://www.indiananationalroad.org/about.html.
U.S. Department of Transportation. Federal Highway Administration. "Historic National Road." America's Byways. Accessed April 14, 2016. http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/byways/byways/2278.
U.S. Department of Transportation. Federal Highway Administration, and Rickie Longfellow. "Back in Time: The National Road." Accessed April 14, 2016. https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/infrastructure/back0103.cfm.
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