An Easier Route for the National RoadAt first, the National Road climbed west from Cumberland up and over Haystack Mountain. In the 1830s, when the road was rebuilt, a new route was chosen. It would be a mile longer but the grade was substantially decreased so that horse teams could pull twice the weight. The new route took advantage of the Narrows, a natural gorge cut by Wills Creek between Haystack Mountain and Wills Mountain.
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|Series||This marker is part of the The Historic National Road series|
|Placed By||America's Byways|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Saturday, October 11th, 2014 at 6:01pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||17S E 690347 N 4392700|
|Decimal Degrees||39.66293333, -78.78103333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 39° 39.776', W 78° 46.862'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||39° 39' 46.56" N, 78° 46' 51.72" W|
|Driving Directions||Google Maps|
|Area Code(s)||301, 240|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 12500 US-40 ALT, Cumberland MD 21502, US|
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