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<p>In 1796, the United States Congress granted Ebenezer Zane three tracts of land as partial payment for his completion of Zane's Trace.</p>
<p>Zane's Trace was an early road in the Northwest Territory that connected Wheeling, Virginia, to Limestone, Kentucky (present-day Maysville). It was a major road in early Ohio until well after the War of 1812. In 1796, Zane petitioned Congress for permission to build a road through the region, with the stipulation that the American government would grant him land where the road crossed the Muskingum, Hockhocking, and Scioto Rivers and pay for his surveying costs. These sections of land are now part of Zanesville, Lancaster, and Chillicothe, Ohio. The government agreed to his terms and required the road to be open by January 1, 1797. It was widely believed that a road would encourage increased trade and settlement in Ohio.</p>
#Pearson, F.B., and J.D. Harlor. <em>Ohio History Sketches</em>. Columbus, OH: Fred J. Heer, 1903.
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