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Pictures Along Route 40
Formerly the National Pike
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Here is the Sign of the Black House Tavern, a noted hostelry in its day, as it looked in 1953 on the National Pike in Claysville. It was opened June 11, 1821 by James Sargent. It was owned in the 1870's by Dr. George Inglis. His son, Dr. William D. Inglis, now of Columbus, O., was a famous W. & J. football player and coach in the 1890's. Still standing in 2000.
The "S" Bridge west of Washington is an engineering marvel. The old Kelly "S" Bridge tavern, which burned Feburary 27, 1909, is seen across the bridge and to the left. The road to the right is to Taylorstown. This photo was taken by Allie MacLaughlin, son of Rev. Alexander MacLaughlin, D.D., pastor of the South Buffalo United Presbyterian Church. The parsonage was just across the Pike from the Kelly home, and MacLaughlin lived there. Mrs George Lyle of Claysville is a daughter of Dr. MacLaughlin. This old picture was given to Earle R. Forrest by Miss Christine Bruce, Washington R. D. 5, on December 9, 1953.
Miller's Wagon stand, five miles west of Washington is shown in the picture above, which was taken in 1914. Previous to 1836 Levi Wilson located here and entertained the first wagoners on the Pike. In 1836, John Miller moved here from Pratt Hollow, east of Cumberland, Md., and conducted the stand. This house was built about 1813. Still standing in 2000!
The above is the tollgate which formerly stood on East Maiden Street. These tollgates, were placed at intervals alont the old National Pike (Route 40O, and were used for the collection of tolls till such time tools were removed from the Pike in 1905. this one that stood on East Maiden street will be recalled by the older residents of Washington even though it was razed many years ago.