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The Nashville Road went from Nashville, Tennessee to The Nashville Road was built by the military in 1788 and is essentially a continuation of the Knoxville Road which was a primary route for settlers traveling the Great Wagon Road. This route provided a more direct path from Bristol,Tennessee to Nashville and other points in Middle Tennessee. The route rapidly became the primary route for east-west traffic through the heart of Tennessee because it took travelers through less difficult terrain than the Wilderness Road and it accommodated large wagons. This wagon road started in Knoxville, Tennessee and traveled across the Cumberland Plateau west some 180 miles to Nashville. Old U.S. Route 70 followed this passageway. Today much of the old road runs parallel to Interstate 40.