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Hagerstown: An Illustrated Description,

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these words were written the population of the town has nearly doubled, and her manufacturing enterprises have more than doubled. To the advantages set forth by Col. Scharf, may be added many others. Coal and water power is not only abundant, but the raw material required in nearly every branch of manufacture is easily obtained, on more advantageous terms than in many great manufacturing towns. Iron ore and pig iron of the very best quality go through the town daily to the furnaces and shops of the north and east. There is a large smelting furnace at the mouth of the Antietam, 16 miles from the town, in the midst of rich ore beds. For wood- working establishments the splendid timber lands along the Shenandoah Valley railroad furnish all the necessary materials. Over the same road vast quantities of cotton are hauled, on the way to New England. Being that much nearer the base of supply and having a better climate and more daylight, give this locality decided advantages over New England for the economical operation of cotton and woolen factories. Large quantities of wool are annually shipped from Hagerstown, and a woolen mill could obtain a bountiful supply of excellent material. The same may be said of tanneries. Hides can be advantageously procured, while the supply of bark in the immediate vicinity is practically inexhaustible. If there is any profit in the manufacture of straw board and paper, Hagerstown is the place for such an enterprise. For there is no town where a more unlimited supply of straw can be had, produced in the immediate neighborhood.

Add to these the abundance and excellent character of the labor, and its cheapness compared with that of the


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T. J. C. Williams

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Collection Location:
Western Maryland Room, Washington County Free Library

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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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