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Jun 19, 2014
The Road Trip - Zanesville
One of the stops on our 15 state, 3,235 miles, ll day road trip was Zanesville, Ohio. A Y-shaped bridge (called the "Y-Bridge") spans the confluence of the and rivers. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it is one of very few bridges of its type in the United States.
The Y-Bridge is located downtown and enables locals to give
tourists directions that include “turning left or right” in the middle
of the bridge. The Y-Bridge has been an aviation landmark for many
years. Amelia Earhart was quoted as saying, “Zanesville is the easiest recognized city from the air because of the Y- Bridge.
Zanesville was named after Ebenezer Zane, who had constructed Zane's Trace, a pioneer road from Wheeling, VA (now part of West Virginia) to Maysville, KY through present-day Ohio. In 1797, he gave land as payment to his son-in-law, John McIntire, at the point where Zane's Trace met the Muskingum River.
With Zane's help, McIntire platted out the town and opened an inn and
ferry by 1799. In 1801, Zanesville was officially renamed from
Westbourne (Zane's chosen town name).
Novelist Zane Grey, a descendant of the Zane family, was born in the city. He grew up in Zanesville; from an early age, the boy was intrigued by history. His first three novels recounted the heroism of ancestors who fought in the American Revolutionary War.