Hagerstown: An Illustrated Description, (Chapter VI)
ADVANTAGES OF HAGERSTOWN AS A PLACE FOR FACTORIES.
Col. Scharf in his History of Western Maryland, uses the following language: "Located in a country of remarkable fertility, Hagerstown offers advantages for manufacturing enterprises equaled by no city in Maryland. Abundant water power, close proximity to the coal fields of Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania, railroad connections reaching into every State, with a climate of unequaled salubrity and exempt from all miasmatic influence, her future as a great manufacturing centre is assured. Already very great progress has been made in that particular, and with increased capital, her men of enterprise, of whom there are many, will make the great advantages of the town known and recognized as the centre of busy industry in every branch. A very great revolution has of late years taken place in the manufacturing business of the country, and instead of the heavy work being done in large cities, it has, to a very great extent, been transferred to the towns of the interior.
Hagerstown, with five intersecting lines of railroads connecting her directly with Baltimore, Washington, Philadelphia and New York, the East and West; the North and South, exempt from the heavy taxation of the large cities, and wanting no one of the great elements of manufacturing success, is now increasing her enterprises with greater rapidity than any city in Maryland." Since
T. J. C. Williams
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Hagerstown (Md.)--Description and travel; Hagerstown (Md.)--History--19th century
Washington County (Md.), 1887