Hagerstown: An Illustrated Description, (Chapter IV)
As has been said in these pages, the Railroads radiate from Hagerstown like the spokes from the hub of a wheel, in six different directions, affording easy and quick means for travellers or freight to reach any desired point.
THE WESTERN MARYLAND ROAD.
This road connects Hagerstown with the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal at Williamsport, Md., 6 miles distant, where the semi-bituminous Cumberland coal is reached. Towards the East the Western Maryland is the most direct route to Baltimore, 84 miles distant, and the time on the express trains being somewhat less than three hours. At Edgemont, twelve miles from Hagerstown, the Baltimore & Cumberland Valley branch of the Western Maryland road, leads off through the flourishing manufacturing town of Waynesboro', Pa., down the fertile Cumberland Valley, through Chambersburg and on to Shippensburg, where it connects with the Harrisburg and Potomac R. R., which, it is expected, will be extended to Harrisburg, Pa. Thus giving Hagerstown the advantage of competing lines to the anthracite coal regions of Pennsylvania—an advantage which but few towns enjoy. At Rocky Ridge there is another branch, leading through a rich section, to Emmittsburg, the seat of Mount Saint Mary's and St. Joseph's Colleges. At Frederick Junction connection is made with the Frederick branch of the Pennsylvania road to Frederick city on the south
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