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CONTENTS SET A:

Old National Trail Becomes U.S. 40

. . .The Trail Becomes U.S. 40

See the Student Trail Activity Link for Boxes #5 & #6

This section of the activity will also be good for writing, study of U.S. Highways of old, math, when figuring mileage between places, finding cities along the old highways that are now classified as National Historical Byways.

Original Art, as well as creation of posters (mini-billboards), of old-style businesses along the scenic highways.  Back in their hey-day, these highways were the main way for traveling, not "scenic."   How fast did people get to drive on these busy highways in the old days?  It is mind-boggling how things have changed on our highways.

U.S. 40 is the Replacement for the Old National Road.  It follows some of the old route, but often breaks off of it.

History of U.S. 40

 

U.S. Route 40 marker

 
 
Route information
Length: 2,285.74 mi (3,678.54 km)
Existed: 1926 – present
 

U.S. Route 40 (US 40) is an east–west United States highway. As with most routes whose numbers end in a zero, US 40 once traversed the entire United States. It is one of the original 1920s U.S. Highways, and its first termini were San Francisco, California and Atlantic City, New Jersey. The western end has been truncated several times, and the route now ends at Interstate 80 just outside of Park City, Utah, near Salt Lake City.

Starting at its western terminus in Utah, US 40 crosses a total of 12 states, including Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, and New Jersey. Three former and four current state capitals lie along the route. For much of its route, US 40 runs parallel to or concurrently with several major Interstate Highways: Interstate 70 from Colorado to Washington, Pennsylvania; and again from Hancock, Maryland to Baltimore, Maryland; Interstate 64 in parts of Missouri and Illinois; Interstate 68 along the Maryland Panhandle; and Interstate 95 from Baltimore to New Castle, Delaware.

The route was built on top of several older highways, most notably the National Road and the Victory Highway. The National Road was created in 1806 by an act of Congress to serve as the first federally funded highway construction project. When completed it connected Cumberland, Maryland, with Vandalia, Illinois. The Victory Highway was designated as a memorial to World War I veterans and ran from Kansas City, Missouri to San Francisco, California. Other important roads that have become part of US 40 include Zane's Trace in Ohio, Braddock Road in Maryland and Pennsylvania, part of the Oregon Trail in Kansas, and the Lincoln Highway in California.

CLICK HERE FOR A DETAILED HISTORY OF U.S. ROUTE 40

CLICK HERE FOR A HISTORY OF THE U.S. ROUTES OF THE UNITED STATES, STARTED 1926

 

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