While driving back yesterday from a short visit to Baltimore, A.J. and I stopped for lunch in lovely little Cumberland, Maryland. It was here, beginning in 1818, that travelers heading westward were able to set out on the then-brand-new National Road.

We even found this marker commemorating the road to Wheeling, Virginia (now West Virginia), which is considered the first national highway. (The 1811 on the marker is when construction of the road began.) …

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And here are a few other photos of Cumberland’s old downtown …

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… and, just for fun, a photo of the front window at the shop selling Curtis’s famous Coney-Island hot dogs … since 1918!

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