• LOCATION 15 | Interstate 55: St. Louis, MO to Springfield, IL

    Historic National Road

    The frontage road to our right has been officially designated part of the Historic National Road. The National Road is the only road in our country to have been paid for entirely by our federal government. In 1806, our federal government budgeted money to build the National Road to connect Maryland with the western frontier. But, by 1840, after the Road had reached Vandalia, a city in Illinois about 50 miles straight ahead of us, construction stopped, money had run out and Illinois and Missouri couldn’t agree which Mississippi River town the road should go to next. By 1850, the issue became moot when railroads burst onto the scene. The National Road was never completed beyond Vandalia, but because the road was surveyed to St. Louis, that frontage road to our right has officially been designated part of the Historic National Road, even though it never really was.

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Interstate 55: St. Louis, MO to Springfield, IL