Indiana and Illinois National Road Revisited

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On Armistice Day, November 11, 2007, I headed west on US 40 to pick up my old friend Michael for a day exploring bits of the National Road in western Indiana and eastern Illinois that I had overlooked on earlier trips. My 1916 Automobile Blue Book described a National Road routing over Big Walnut Creek near Reelsville, IN, that I had not known about. Michael wanted to explore the old brick road in Illinois as far as Marshall because he drove US 40 to work that way for several years and was curious about it. I had heard about an original stone culvert still in service on Marshall's west side, and I wanted to explore an possible alternate National Road route in Effingham. Finally, I wanted to revisit a bypassed segment of the old road west of Effingham that had been used for line-painting practice.

It was exciting to follow the old National Road again and find things I overlooked on past trips.

We made only a few stops on this trip, but we spent a lot of time exploring at each one. To retrace our steps, click the Next button below and at the bottom of each page. To go right to a place that interests you, click its name below.


Start Reelsville, IN State Line Livingston, IL Marshall, IL Effingham, IL


Created 12 February 2008.
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