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Hagerstown: An Illustrated Description, (Chapter II)

Chapter II - Growth and Railroad Advantages, Topography Click on the MEDIA ITEMS below for more information




DURING many years Hagerstown had no other importance or significance than as the county seat and as a stopping place for stages going east and west over the great National pike. Then the Cumberland Valley Railroad to Harrisburg was constructed, but to 1870 the population of the town did not much exceed 5,000. In 1867 the Baltimore & Ohio extended a branch road from a point on its main line near Harper's Ferry to Hagerstown, and some years afterwards the Western Maryland railroad from Baltimore reached the town and was extended onward to the C. & O. Canal, at Williamsport, and the Martinsburg and Potomac was constructed by the Cumberland Valley road from Hagerstown to Martinsburg, W. Va. These various roads gave abundant railroad facilities, but they were all distinctly local roads. But in 1880 the Shenandoah Valley road was opened from Hagerstown to connect with the Norfolk & Western road at Roanoke, Va., 234 miles, becoming a link in the great East Tennessee, Virginia and Georgia Air Line. Hagerstown thus became the northern terminus of that great system and an important point on a great national through route from the Northeast to the South and Southwest. It was not long in feeling the effect of this change. In five years the population of the town had been doubled, real estate had


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T. J. C. Williams

public domain


Collection Location:
Western Maryland Room, Washington County Free Library

Original Size:
22 x 14 cms

Hagerstown, Md., The Mail publishing company

Hagerstown (Md.)--Description and travel; Hagerstown (Md.)--History--19th century

Washington County (Md.), 1887

Western Maryland Regional Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

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