Hagerstown: An Illustrated Description,
The exceptional facilities for distributing merchandise from Hagerstown, together with the comparative low cost of operating the business, points out Hagerstown as an excellent place for wholesale houses. Three large establishments are already in successful operation.
BUSINESS OF THE TOWN.
Hagerstown is the business centre of a very rich and populous country. The large number of passenger trains unload in the town each morning hundreds of people, who come to spend the day upon business. Each of the nine turnpikes also contributes its proportion of visitors, who come in vehicles from their homes as far as twelve or fifteen miles. Tuesday of each week is the day for a general gathering. Farmers come to town to sell their crops that day, and the buyers are on hand to compete for them. This is a feature peculiar to Hagerstown, and it often excites the admiration of strangers to see the streets crowded in this way, like a country town on circus day. On Saturdays also, the chief market day, the streets are thronged with country people. There is no means of making an accurate exhibit of the industries and business transactions of the town, but the volume of business is very large. There are five grain elevators which handle yearly over a million of bushels of wheat, clover seed, corn, dairy and poultry products, aggregating still more in value than the wheat, and the fertilizer trade amounts to several hundred thousand dollars. The amount of produce carried from the town to the different cities each year by the two express companies is enormous. The deposits in the banks of the town run up to nearly a million of dollars. Added to the agricultural
T. J. C. Williams
Western Maryland Room, Washington County Free Library
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Hagerstown, Md., The Mail publishing company
Hagerstown (Md.)--Description and travel; Hagerstown (Md.)--History--19th century
Washington County (Md.), 1887