mobilene Posted July 19, 2011 Report Share Posted July 19, 2011 I could see from Google Maps' aerial imagery that there was a sliver of old alignment in front of the Hopewell Elementary School. (Check it out at 39.95433, -82.19975). I was very pleased when I arrived there to find a strip of old concrete. Concrete alignment by mobilene, on Flickr That shot is westbound; this one's eastbound from the same location. It fades away into the neighborhood ahead. It looks, from the air, like a pretty long stretch of the old concrete road was torn out here when modern US 40 was built. Concrete alignment by mobilene, on Flickr I found just a few other brief strips of concrete, all of them at ends of old alignments that were otherwise asphalted. This blind hill is just west of Gratiot. Although the main turnoff from the old alignment through Gratiot is just behind me, you can still drive this strip of concrete. 39.948112, -82.231979 Blind hill by mobilene, on Flickr Here's a closeup of the concrete itself. It's pretty lumpy stuff, full of medium-sized pebbles, rather than the ultra smooth stuff you see today. Concrete by mobilene, on Flickr Here's where that concrete strip ends. The end of the Gratiot alignment by mobilene, on Flickr I found another short stretch of concrete at the west end of an old alignment signed Mt. Hope Road. 39.954322, -82.312145 Mt. Hope Road by mobilene, on Flickr I found the last little bit of concrete at the end of an old alignment that was signed Panhandle Road. 39.959096, -82.369297 Panhandle Rd. by mobilene, on Flickr Somewhere among all these little bits of concrete I found this monument. It commemorates two things -- the highest elevation along Ohio's National Road, and the concrete paving of the National Road between Zanesville and Hebron. I learned here that the concrete was poured between 1914 and 1916! This is now officially the oldest concrete I've ever knowingly driven. I just wish there had been more! Eagle's Nest monument by mobilene, on Flickr My understanding is that this concrete was considered a grand experiment at the time. People were so excited about the new concrete road that they held a parade along its length on the day it opened. Here's a closeup of the stone. It's a little easier to read the inscription here. Eagle's Nest monument by mobilene, on Flickr The east side says it's 220 miles to Cumberland; the west side says it's 39 miles to Columbus. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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