America’s First Highway | The National Road, National Geographic: Main Street Aerial

The first federal highway in the United States is “Main Street” in many small towns. Centerville, Pennsylvania  got its name because it was halfway along the National Road between Uniontown and Washington, PA. The aerial photograph made after a winter snow shows the old road (now called Old National Pike) fronting houses and the Centerville United Methodist Church, a Queen Anne style church built in 1872. A bypass running parallel moves faster-paced traffic around the small pike town.