—The Historic National Road in Ohio —Transportation has played a significant role in Vandalia since the community's beginnings as a part of Butler Township. In April 1811, a construction contract was awarded for the first 10-mile section of National Road beginning at Cumberland, Maryland. This was the first federally-funded interstate highway. One hundred years later, in 1911, construction began on a lake-to-gulf highway from Detroit to Cincinnati alng a north-south dirt path through Vandalia known as Troy Pike and later designated as the Dixie Highway. Vandalia became known as the "Crossroads of America," with the intersection of National Road (US 40) and the Dixie Highway (US 25). During the early 1900s, the Dayton and Troy Electric Railway ran through the "Crossroads," and the Al Johnson Flying Service operated on approximately 310 acres just northwest of the "Crossroads." The railway discontinued service in 1932; freight service eventually re-emerged with the establishment of the CSX Railroad. The Al Johnson Flying Service closed in 1934; then, the Dayton Municipal Airport emerged to later become the James M. Cox Dayton International Airport. Today, the intersection of Interstate 75, a north-south route, and Interstate 70, an east-west route, is recognized as the modern-day "Crossroads of America."
|Series||This marker is part of the The Historic National Road series|
|Placed By||The Historical Society of Vandalia-Butler|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Monday, August 8th, 2016 at 9:03pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||16S E 739409 N 4419368|
|Decimal Degrees||39.89060000, -84.19995000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 39° 53.436', W 84° 11.997'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||39° 53' 26.16" N, 84° 11' 59.82" W|
|Driving Directions||Google Maps|
|Which side of the road?||Marker is on the right when traveling East|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 110 W National Rd, Vandalia OH 45377, US|
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