Historic National Road-Indiana

  • Start: Richmond, IN
  • End: Warren, IN
  • Last Modified: 2012-01-27 19:07:26
  • Total Mileage: 156 Miles
  • Number of stops: 10


In 1802, Albert Gallatin, who had worked with George Washington to designate an overland route for transportation, suggested the road be financed from sales tax in a letter that was to become known as the “Origin of the National Road.” President Thomas Jefferson approved construction of Washington’s proposed National Road in 1806. The National Road was the first federally funded highway to be constructed in America. Five years later, road builders began clearing the land.

Construction of the road began in Indianapolis, extending east and west simultaneously, in 1829. In 1848, Congress transferred responsibility of the road to the state of Indiana. The state transferred road maintenance and construction to private companies and toll houses and toll gates were constructed to collected fees from travelers. The Road was built of many different materials over the years, including Macadam stone pavers, corduroy logs, and wood planks.

The road still plays an important role in understanding the rich history of the Hoosier state. Passing through small towns, cities, and rural landscapes today, you will soon discover the many layers of history that exist along the Historic National Road. Explore the road online to learn more about the heritage of Indiana’s National Road or, better yet, drive the road today and experience it!

Stop #1:

Madonna of the Trail
Richmond, IN

Stop #2:

Historic Centerville
Centerville, IN

Stop #4:

Courthouse Square Historic District
Greenfield, IN

Stop #5:

Irvington Historic District
Indianapolis, IN

Stop #7:

Plainfield Diner
Plainfield, IN

Stop #8:

Rising Hall
Coatesville, IN

Stop #9:

Putnam County Historic Bridge
Warren, IN

Stop #10:

Old Section of the National Road
Warren, IN

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