The National Road Association of Illinois has announced the completion of its informational kiosk project.
The kiosks were designed for placement at key locations along the National Road, now the path of U.S. Highway 40.They will help guide visitors to worthwhile experiences along the road.
The 164 miles of the old National Road in Illinois passes through many small towns — including Highland, Greenville, Pocahontas, St. Jacob and Troy — historic sites and well-known attractions. The purpose of the project was to tie all of the communities of the road together and to make them a destination.
“We are bringing more people into these communities and raising awareness about the road. The National Road was the road that built the nation. This is a true tribute to the road and our history, specifically in Illinois,” said Mary Truitt, past National Road Association of Illinois board president.
Highland’s kiosk is located at Kaeser Park, 1739 Broadway, which was once a stage coach stop.
The project officially started in 2002. Trish Vitale with Francis Associates led this project for the board. Joe Richardson researched and gathered information and photographs for the kiosks. Split Rock Studios created the panels as we organized the best way to distribute these kiosks along the road in Illinois.
The National Road Association of Illinois is currently working on a schedule for official “dedication ceremonies” in each community.
Highland: Kaeser Park, 1739 Broadway (Highland Historical Society Museum)
St. Jacob: On the west side of the Township Park (Park Drive off of West Main Street, Old National Road)
Troy: Log Cabin on Illinois Route 162
Greenville: At 4th & Main streets, near the Municipal Building
Pocahontas: In Village Park by State Street (Route 40)