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their own pool in their yards. There is a pool at an apartment house on Seton Drive. One of the most outstanding swimmers in Cumberland was the late Fred "Buck" Dryer, who did much rescue work.

11. Was boating a popular Cumberland area sport? When? Where did people go boating? Were boat races held? Where? When did boat racing cease in the area? Were there canoe clubs in the Cumberland area? Where? When? When did canoe clubs cease to function in the area? Why?

Boating and canoeing were always popular in the river, the canal, and streams around Cumberland. At one time, many people did boat in the Potomac River. You could rent a rowboat at places on the Potomac River. One such was at Steele's on the river at Paca Street. Another was at Clark's Landing between Riverside Park and the Blue Bridge. Much boating and canoeing was done in the C&O Canal. This sport was popular in this area until the flood prevention project in the early 1950's, which has prevented putting boats in the river. Canoeing was also popular. On July 4, 1914, at a water meet between the Potomac Club and the Loyal Order of Moose, a canoe race was part of the program. It was a two man race and was won by Henderson and Smith. Second were Diament and Hooper; third, Shaffer and Powell. The newspaper of the day stated that these gentlemen "skimmed along the water's surface with the dexterity of an Indian moose hunter." An exclusive club, called the Shawnee Canoe Club, was organized April 24, 1896. Their headquarters were located at a boathouse on a lot fronting 220 feet on Water Street and extending to


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Miller, Herman J.

Mayor and Council, City of Cumberland


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Stegmaier, Harry

Cumberland (Md.), history

Cumberland (Md.), 1700-1976

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

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