Page 4 - Preface
4 HAGERSTOWN DIRECTORY.
The publisher in presenting this, the first issue of the Hagerstown Directory, feels confidant that it will fill a long felt want. There is no better index of a town's progress and importance than a well-compiled directory. This the publisher has tried to give in this volume. There have been no time or pains spared to make it complete in every respect, and it is the hope of the publisher that it will meet with general approval. To those that have given us substantial aid, we return thanks. To the press and all that kindly aided us in the work, we return special thanks, with the hope of meeting you all again, in the future, on similar work. I remain yours most respectfully,
Jno. C. Randall.
HAGERSTOWN, the second city in Maryland in point of size and industry, is a beautiful place of nearly 13,000 inhabitants, and lies in a rich and exceptionally fertile valley, surrounded on the east and west by mountains, possessing scenery of rugged magnificence and grandeur. The rich agricultural region, bounding the city on all sides, combined with the numerous and prosperous manufacturing establishments within its limits, have conspired to make it a thriving and prosperous metropolis.
Four railroads centre here: Baltimore and Ohio, Western Maryland, Cumberland Valley and Norfolk and Western. The Potomac Valley connects with the Western Maryland near Williamsport, about four miles west of Hagerstown. The city is about to possess another desirable railroad —West Virginia Central —and surveyors are now en route to Hagerstown marking the route.
The admirable shipping facilities, cheap material and low rates of living for employes, all mark Hagerstown inimitable as a desirable industrial centre. The city possesses all conveniences of modern invention, such as electric lights, water works, telegraph and telephone service, etc. A street railway, fire-brick paved streets, a public park and several other projects are contemplated. Hagerstown possesses wide, well-graded and smooth macadam streets, lined with full-grown shade trees of magnificent foliage. It has two of the best hotels in the state. Its stores and wholesale houses are large and flourishing. Its private residences are costly and built principally of brick in modern designs of architectural beauty. Twenty-one churches are located in the city. Hagerstown is the only city of its size in the United States that can boast of possessing four enterprising daily newspapers. THE GLOBE, the best daily in Maryland outside of Baltimore, is published every afternoon, is popular, and has a vigorous circulation. The people of the city are kind and hospitable. The place is full of wealth and capital eagerly invests in enterprises that promise good results to the city. Hagerstown is the county seat of Washington county. It has seven banks. Ex-Secretary of the Treasury Stephen B. Elkins predicts that in ten years Hagerstown will have a population of 50,000.
John C. Randall
Washington County Public Library
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Washington County (Md.), 1893