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Casselman Bridge

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Casselman Bridge - Grantsville, Maryland

Photos by Ben Prepelka
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   Considered as the road that built a nation, the Historic National Road saw initial construction in 1811. Providing a connection between the Potomac and Ohio rivers, the federally built highway crossed the Allegheny Mountains in southwestern Pennsylvania and the Maryland panhandle, reaching Wheeling in 1818. Plans to continue westward were hampered by a lack of funding, ending construction in Van Dalia, Illinois.Casselman Bridge Reflection
   One of the National Road remnants is found east of Grantsville, Maryland, in an area once called Little Crossings. The Casselman River Bridge, a key to the newly constructed National Highway, was designed by David Shriver. Standing for nearly two hundred years in the Maryland panhandle, the 80 foot stone arch bridge surprised initial skeptics and still amazes Casselman River Bridge State Park visitors. The arch bridge was the largest of its kind when built in 1813, now an entry of the National Register of Historic Places. Here, from the four acre park, visitors can witness three different eras of bridges. The adjacent 1930's a two lane steel truss bridge carries U.S. Alt 40 traffic and nearby Interstate 68 bridges cap off the latest of America’s modern highway systems.

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