Friday, April 16, 2010

History on a Postcard

National Highway

Inquiring minds do a Google search when they come across new information. This old postcard refers to the "National Highway." I'm more familiar with the interstate system--from the west I-5 and so on and the Midwest--I90, I94, etc. Hence the Google search and a little bit of American history acquired. The National Road, also called the Cumberland Road (now this sounds a little more familiar) was started in 1811 at Cumberland Maryland. The road reached Wheeling, W. VA, in 1818. (Thanks be to Wikipedia for this information)
And to think that what caught my eye was simply the old cars! Imagine what this stretch of road looks like now? Strip malls, Walmart, and Burger King franchises? I'm almost glad I don't know.
Enjoy your Friday everyone.

12 comments:

Sheila @ A Postcard a Day said...

SAdly, it must have changed enormously, but it was idyllic for a time.

Postcardy said...

Interesting history. I didn't know there was anything called "National Highway." I wonder what those buildings are.

Beth Niquette said...

What a perfectly wonderful postcard. It's nice to see what once was. Lovely! Happy PFF!

Shaunna said...

Wow, that is a great scene - you're right to leave its current looks unknown. Happy PFF!

Lyneen said...

Yes the history with the post cards is so intriguing. I love learning from my postcards. THANKS for sharing. Happy PFF!

CafebyJW said...

Cute cars and interesting story!

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Heather said...

Route 66 has always been raved about as a historic road that everyone must see. It has become a desolate strip of land that left me sad. I suggest avoiding the National Highway if you can.

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