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Hagerstown: An Illustrated Description, 1887

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largely increased in value, the character of the place had entirely changed, and a class of buildings sprung up which would have been appropriate in a much larger town. The increment in the population has been of a most desirable character, being excellent and industrious mechanics, business men and persons of means, who made it their home because they were satisfied of its advantages as a place of residence.

Hagerstown is built upon a solid foundation of blue limestone rock. In the centre is a square, through which the two principal business streets of the town pass. One of the streets, Potomac, running to the north, after it passes through the business section widens out into a beautiful avenue, on the west side of which is an eminence or ridge from 100 to 200 feet back from the street. This ridge is crowned with a row of houses which would do credit to the largest cities. Running down to the broad street are well kept lawns, and from the front porches is a view of the mountain and the intervening valley, of striking beauty. All this was a few years ago, pasture ground. Washington street, which passes through the square at right angles with Potomac, continues to the west along the old National pike and at the western suburbs reaches a high and beautiful elevation. At right angles with this street Prospect street extends to the south. It is on the summit of a high ridge, and the houses on this street are of great beauty and are surrounded by charming gardens. One of these was formerly the residence of Mr. Nathaniel Rochester, the founder of the city of Rochester, N. Y. The view from


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T. J. C. Williams

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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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