Did you know that most of the major interstates, US roads, and state roads used to be dirt trails traveled by your ancestors? The “King’s Highway” went from Boston to Charleston and linked all 13 colonies by 1750. Now it is better known as Interstate 95. The “Fall Line” brought northerners to the deep south, also in the mid 1700s. Today it breaks off of I 95 into US 1. The “Trading Path” went from Virginia to Alabama which now follows current state roads through all three states. “Jackson’s Military Road” from Nashville to New Orleans catches pieces of I 65, US 45 and I 59 as well as several state roads.
If you have a major interstate, US road or state road near you, do a little research and see if you can figure out if it was an old overland trail some of your ancestors might have traveled.
- Dollarhide, William. Map Guide to American Migration Routes, 1735-1815. Bountiful, Utah: Heritage Quest, 2000.
- Fall Line Road
- Jackson’s Military Road
- King’s Highway
- Migration Routes, Roads & Trails
- The Handybook for Genealogists. Tenth Edition. Draper, Utah: Everton Publishers, 2002.
- Trading Path
- US Migration Trails and Roads
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