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Hagerstown: An Illustrated Description, 1887


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ducts of the fields, forests, mines, furnaces and quarries of the South. Vast quantities of cattle, poultry, cotton, wheat, sugar, huge trunks of trees, tan bark, great blocks of marble from Tennessee, iron and manganese ore from Virginia, pig iron from the Southern furnaces, leather from the tanneries, and in early spring the vegetables and fruit from the Gulf States, all wend their way to market over this road. At Hagerstown the stream divides, part going to Baltimore over the Western Maryland, but the great mass going on to Philadelphia, New York and Boston.

The Shenandoah Valley road has opened up to Hagerstown a splendid market for the wholesale stores and her manufactured articles a vast region where there are no large towns and no factories. The value of this may be appreciated when the reader learns that the population of the town has doubled since this road was opened some six years ago, and a great part of this increase has doubtless been due to the influence of the road.

Attractions for Tourists

If all the points on this road interesting to tourists were described it would fill a volume. They follow each other in quick succession. The traveler going South, sees on his right, a few miles after leaving Hagerstown, the College of St. James, the old Ringgold manorial seat, described on a former page. A few miles further he enters upon the historic field of Antietam and gets from the car window a glimpse of the splendid statue or monument in the National Cemetery at Sharpsburg, keeping sentinel over the "bivouac of the dead." In a few minutes more the train crosses the historic Potomac over a bridge 95 feet above the water and 1,000 feet long, at the




ID:
wchi042

Page #:
42

Creator:
T. J. C. Williams

Rights:
public domain

Date:
1887

Collection Location:
Western Maryland Room, Washington County Free Library

Original Size:
22 x 14 cms

Contributor:
Hagerstown, Md., The Mail publishing company

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

Coverage:
Washington County (Md.), 1887

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

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