Kim, Most pioneers from NJ would cross PA along the route where the PA Turnpike is today. At Pittsburg, they would take some form of boat down the Ohio River. Crude flatboats were the cheapest way. Many stopped at Maysville, KY as it was one of the larger towns at the time. Across from Maysville at Aberdeen, Ohio was the Zane Trace. This trail led to Chillicothe and eventually, Zanesville. It passed through Pike County on the way. This part of the Trace is Ohio St. Rt. 41 today. Many of the Revolutionary soldiers who received land in this district, sold it to speculators, who in turn sold it the settlers. Abundant, fertile and cheap land was the attraction.