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  1. Long time no post.<g> I wheeled over to Riverside Park, Cumberland, MD, June 10, 2012 to see the dedication of the new Cumberland National Road. monument. It took us about a 1-1/2 years to get the financing. Dignitaries from all of the CR states plus repres
  2. Dave, I'm doing better but I'm having a hard time walking due to balance problems. The monument's top mimics the Road mile markers. The base contains a 200 year time capsule. I miss our forays out on the Road but I hopefully will be able to get back out there again. Steve
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    My First One Hundred

    Congratulations!
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    Neon On Beale St. And In Memphis

    Great neon pix!
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    An Original Section Of The Old Cumberland Road

    Denny, I liked your National Road trip report. I just wish I could have pointed out some more points of interest. ~Steve
  6. In an recent email conversation with Bob Bantz, noted authority on Braddock's Road, I was discussing a group of 1920-30s era SHA maps documenting changes to be made to Braddock Road/SRT 49. Braddock Road is the original route of the Cumberland Road before in was rerouted through the Narrows (1830s). The SHA map included a stone spring culvert which I'll certain was part of the original CR. This area is lodged between the backfill of I-68 and the 1930s and later Braddock Road. Bob examined the area carefully and spoke with local SHA officials. The general conclusion is that Bob has found an undisturbed section of the Cumberland Road dating to 1811-24. This section would not have been part of the 1830s rebuild of the road A search of the area with a metal detector turned up a few wagon nails, a piece of lead and a later coin. This could well be the only existing 1811-1830s section of road left. Steve
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    An Original Section Of The Old Cumberland Road

    Thanks Dave. I don't know if I've listed this before but DavidRumsey.com has a zillion maps and there all free and downloadable. Steve
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    An Original Section Of The Old Cumberland Road

    Dave, I've got the Historic Topos in my places but I don't see anyway to choose a specific date. ~Steve
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    An Original Section Of The Old Cumberland Road

    Dave, I'm still not getting the option of USGS map dates on Google Earth. Steve
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    The Bridgeport Bridge

    Very cool ... and sad. Steve
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    An Original Section Of The Old Cumberland Road

    Thanks, Dave. I finally got it. Steve
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    An Original Section Of The Old Cumberland Road

    Dave, My old brain just has a hard time with this new technology. I went to the page you indicated, and found Map Tech was the provider or maps of my area. Unfortunately, none of the hyperlinks appear in those map listings. I'm still lost. By the way, I'm using Dragon to write this reply. Steve
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    The Maryland Method

    In the heyday of Maryland road renovation, circa 1920s 30s, they would widen roads by adding a concrete shoulders to the side. The picture below shows the process. ~ Steve
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    An Original Section Of The Old Cumberland Road

    Dave, I was unaware of the overlay. I tied to figure out how to access it without success, what do I do? ~Steve
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    An Original Section Of The Old Cumberland Road

    Approx. location (within 50 feet or so)39.64058, -78.81739
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    An Original Section Of The Old Cumberland Road

    As befitting a spring culvert, there is a wall in the back.
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    The Bridgeport Bridge

    She was a beauty!
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    An Original Section Of The Old Cumberland Road

    Believe it or not, we have repeatedly tried to get some kind of historical recognition for the culverts without success.
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    An Original Section Of The Old Cumberland Road

    Just to the west of the first culvert is a second. Most of it has been buried and hopefully, preserved. The second photo shows the remains of the retaining wall on the right side of this culvert. Both culverts have short sections of road atop them. Bob's section is to the west of the second culvert. ~Steve
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    An Original Section Of The Old Cumberland Road

    Dave, I too noticed the lack of growth as well as the new growth on the site. I believe the area must have cleared by the I-68 crews in the 1980s.
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    An Original Section Of The Old Cumberland Road

    Thia is one of my photos showing the spring culvert, with a short section of old road above. I've marked the location of I-68 and Braddock Road. The section of road Bob found was to the west and few hundred feet.
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    An Original Section Of The Old Cumberland Road

    The original section of road. (Just down for the old stone culvert.) Adjacent to actor Bill Macys's childhood home. SHA recently flattened two old railroad crossings (circa 1850s and later) in this area and Bob got these shots showing the 1930s road overlay on the old road. The stone culvert. Steve
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    Concrete Evidence

    Nice article and photos Jim. It's convenient to have a starter's shed at the outset of the trip. ~Steve
  24. To my friends at on the American Road Forum. My lack of participation has not been intentional. I recently found out I have breast cancer and cancer in my eyes. I have started treatment (chemo) and it is certainly taking it's loll on my ability to function normally. I will have to live vicariously through your photos and commentaries for awhile. To add insult to injury, our parrot crapped on my ergo keyboard an shorted out a number of keys on ht e left side... Bummer! ~Steve
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