Transportation and Urban Geography

Roads and Railways

What do the Cumberland Road and Cumberland Gap have to do with each other?

Absolutely nothing. The Cumberland Road is more than 100 miles (161 kilometers) from the Cumberland Gap. The Cumberland Gap, which lies near the border of Kentucky, Tennessee, and Virginia, is a pass through the Appalachian Mountains at the Cumberland Plateau. The name “Cumberland” was extremely popular in Colonial America, originating in the name of the British Duke of Cumberland.


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