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 <div style="padding-left: 1px; width: 74%; float: left"><center>''[[United States Genealogy|United States]]&nbsp; [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]&nbsp; [[Maryland Genealogy|Maryland]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]&nbsp; [[Bank Road]]''</center><br> <br>{{TitleStyle1}}Welcome to the Bank Road page{{/p}}
In the early 1800s Maryland's roads west were impassable much of the year. President Thomas Jefferson signed legislation in 1806 authorizing the Federal Government to construct the National Road from Cumberland to Wheeling, where travelers could take the Ohio River west. Cumberland was the eastern terminus because at the time, it was the closest that ships on the Potomac River could take travelers to the Northwest Territory (the land north of the Ohio River, east of the Mississippi River).
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