On The Road To Statehood – Celebrating 175 Years – 1840.

Oxen have been found capable of plowing about ten miles a day. Although this ground had never been cleared, it has been estimated that Lyman Dillon’s operation took about ten days to complete.

While originally called Iowa’s Military Road, it was rarely used as such, and soon became better known as The National Road, part of the well-worn trail used by thousands to go west between 1840 and 1856 (when the railroad finally reached Iowa City). Without a doubt, The National Road became an important thoroughfare for pioneer families west bound from Chicago to the frontier capitol in Iowa City.


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