Zanesville has two more reasons to celebrate its rich history.
On Friday, the Ohio National Road Zanesville and Y-Bridge interpretive signs were unveiled. President of the Ohio National Road Association Dean Ringle said the signs are the 18th and 19th of 60 that will placed at designated locations along the road.
"Before there was I-70, there was U.S. 40, and before there was U.S. 40, there was the National Road," said Ringle. "It was the first federal road that stretched across multiple states. It went through six states, and parts of it still exist. There’s a lot of history that is still along the road."
The County Commissioners and Mayor "Butch" Zwelling attended the ceremony. Zwelling said it’s incredible that four of these interpretive signs are in Muskingum County, and as his retirement nears, he appreciates every opportunity to honor the city of Zanesville.
"I’ve always looked forward to days like this," said Zwelling. "People ask me if I’m counting the days, hours and minutes, but I’m not, because I love my job, and I love my community, and I’ll work hard until the last day of the year for the people of Zanesville."
The signs are located at the Muskingum County Courthouse and Canal Park. For more information about the project, you can visit www.ohionationalroad.org.