Improvements to Roads

and The Transportation Revolution


A road is a thoroughfare, route, or way on land between two places that has been paved or otherwise improved to allow travel by foot or some form of conveyance, including a horse, cart, bicycle, or motor vehicle.

The National Road

  • First highway built by the federal government
  • Also known as the Cumberland Road
  • about 620 miles long
  • a gateway to the West
  • constructed in 1811

Major Cities that The National Road Runs Through

Roads Then and Now

Roads in the 1800's were made of dirt and now they are made of asphalt.
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