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Mt. Savage, page 3


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in which, after proceeding a little way, we heard a roar as of flames, and there saw a bright light before us. A furnace appeared in which a bright fire was blazing; the blackened workmen were stirring and feeding it, and a strong current of air rushing by us went with the flames up the shaft, which reached above to the surface of the ground. This, we were told, is a contrivance to ventilate the mine. All the foul air and all the air-damp and other noxious gases are drawn up and carried off from the passages and chambers by this method. On our way back to the entrance we perceived that the veins lay at just such an inclination as allowed the workmen to roll the loaded trucks by hand along an easy descent to the mouth, as I hear is the case with all the mines.

When I was in this region twenty-eight years ago they had not begun to work the mines of iron and coal. From the little town of Frostburg, where I then passed the night, a place lying high among the mountain ridges, where the winter comes early and lingers late, you now look down on several mining villages. There are twenty-five of them in this coal region, and they are adding greatly to the population. New mines are opened from time to time, so that the mountains ere long will be pierced from side to side with these artificial caverns. A curious effect is observed in some of them.




ID:
gctt003

Creator:
William Cullen Bryant

Notes:
St. George's Episcopal Church, Mt. Savage, Maryland, The Rev. George Stanley Schwind, Rector. Founded in 1841. TABLELAND TRAILS recommends tourists when visiting historic Mt. Savage not to leave without going to the high hill where stands this old-English styled church. It is Norman-Tudor in design. A well-kept church yard with well-marked, and well-preserved graves is to be seen on the opposite side. The new tower, containing chimes, is composed of stone from every state in the Union.

Date:
1953

Collection Location:
Ruth Enlow Library, Oakland

Original Size:
22 x 15 cms

Contributor:
Editor: Felix G. Robinson

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

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