mobilene Posted June 24, 2011 Report Share Posted June 24, 2011 When Ohio improved the National Road -- also known as State Route 1 at about this time -- it laid bricks east of Zanesville. A few sections of the old brick road remain. The first I encountered was the segment at Blaine, documented earlier. I expected the second to be just west of Old Washington, as it was clearly an old alignment and Google Maps labeled it Brick Road. But apparently the evil asphalters got to it before I did. But just check out the difference between the old alignment (left) and the new (right). Brick Road isn't brick anymore by mobilene, on Flickr A short bit west, however, is the relatively well-known Peacock Road. It starts off as gravel, but shortly bricks emerge. (I'll bet that if you dig down in the gravel, you'll find brick, too, probably in bad shape, hence the graveling.) Peacock Road by mobilene, on Flickr The concrete "curbs" make me wonder if this road is built the same as the abandoned brick segments in Illinois -- concrete pad topped with bricks. Peacock Road by mobilene, on Flickr I had an overwhelming urge to go to a hardware store, buy an edger, a weedwhacker, and some Roundup, and come back here to clean up the overgrowth on this road. Peacock Road by mobilene, on Flickr Just west of Cambridge, I encountered another brief brick segment on an old alignment. It was good, rumbly brick. Brick segment of old US 40/NR by mobilene, on Flickr Check out how they curved the road. Brick segment of old US 40/NR by mobilene, on Flickr This road is still considered important, as evidenced by its striping. Brick segment of old US 40/NR by mobilene, on Flickr When I got to Norwich, the map called out another segment labeled Brick Rd. It was an old alignment of an old alignment. Fortunately, this one was really still brick. Brick Rd. by mobilene, on Flickr It cut across a lovely country scene. Brick Rd. by mobilene, on Flickr These bricks are spaced unusually widely. Brick Rd. by mobilene, on Flickr This was the last brick segment I encountered on the trip. Zanesville is the next big town to the west, and the segment between there and Hebron was famously laid in concrete from 1914 to 1916. Some of that concrete remains, and I'll share it later. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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