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Blue Ridge Line route

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BOONSBORO, MD—Population 900. Situated 16 miles west of Frederick. A few miles south lies famous Antietam Battlefield where the bloodiest one day encounter of the Civil War was fought. Two miles east, on north side of your route, high in South Mountain, you see what is considered the first monument erected to George Washington.
HAGERSTOWN, MD.—See other side of folder.
CLEARSPRING, MD.—Population 600. Twelve miles west of Hagerstown. General J. E. B. Stuart, the great Confederate Cavalry Commander, met his first opposition here on his famous Chambersburg raid when he rode around the Union Army.
INDIAN SPRINGS, MD.—Sixteen miles west of Hagerstown. Two miles south of here stands Old Fort Frederick, used as a place of refuge when French and Indians roamed this section on scalping parties. It has been restored to its original condition.
HANCOCK, MD—Population 1,000. Located 27 miles west of Hagerstown on the Md.-W. Va. State line and one mile south of the Md.-Penna. State line. Marks western edge of that section of Maryland closely associated with the history of the Civil War. Fruit growing center. West of here are five mountains that provide breath-taking scenery: Sideling Hill, 1595 feet; Town Hill. 1600 feet; Green Ridge, 1115 feet; Polish Mountain 1342 feet and Martin's Mountain, 1695 feet.
CUMBERLAND, MD—Population 40,000. Situated on the Potomac River 137 miles from Baltimore, and Washington, D. C. and 131 miles from Pittsburgh. Has many points of historical interest. The headquarters George Washington used, when in charge of Fort Cumberland during part of the French and Indian War, has been reconstructed in Riverside Park. Opposite this park begins the famous Old Chesapeake and Ohio Canal, which opened to traffic in 1850. Abandoned in 1924, much of it is still in an excellent state of preservation. Diversified industry. A comfort and lunch stop for all Blue Ridge Buses. At the Western end of Cumberland is the "Narrows," which has been termed "The Gateway to the West." It is one of the three natural east-west passes through the Appalachian Mountains. You travel through this pass and can see the famous "Lover's Leap" from the window of your bus.
FROSTBURG, MD—Population 6,000. Located 12 miles west of Cumberland in the heart of a coal mining district. The Braddock stone in the southern end of the city is a famous old landmark which is on the line of the original Braddock Road. Location of Frostburg State Normal School.
GRANTSVILLE, MD.—Population 300. About 25 miles west of Cumberland. George Washington passed through here with his troops in 1754 on his way to the Great Meadows Campaign. About 4 miles from here you will ascend Negro Mountain, 2908 feet, the highest point on the Old National Road. A few miles further you cross the famous Mason-Dixon Line into Pennsylvania.


Blue Ridge Line

The description of the Western Maryland towns that the Blue Ridge Line travels through are shown here. The entire route from Baltimore to Cincinnati is found in the PDF.

Collection Location:
Enoch Pratt Free Library

Bus terminal, Hagerstown (Md.) , 1940-1960.

Hagerstown, Md., 1940-1970

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

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