The present is a period of sharp competition in all branches of manufacture; and in the future the competition is likely to be even sharper than now, and only such operators whose works are in the most favorable localities can hope to reap a profit upon their investments. Believing that many manufacturers have their works now located in towns and cities where fuel and raw materials are too high, and their working expenses too heavy, to allow them successfully to withstand this competition; and that Cumberland and the vicinity afford unusual facilities for the successful conduct of many lines of manufacture, we have published this short account of Cumberland, its mineral resources, and manufacturing facilities, with the hope of attracting capital and business ability to develop our mineral wealth and utilize our manufacturing facilities. In our coal fields we have an abundant supply of the best fuel in the States, (this is saying a good deal, but our assertion is substantiated by the tests and experiments which will be found in the table under the caption “Coal,” ) and at lower prices than the same quality of fuel can be obtained elsewhere. And, as will be seen from the article on iron, that iron can be manufactured here at comparatively low cost. With these two important points, cheap fuel and cheap iron assured, we think we may claim that Cumberland offers unusual facilities for the successful establishment of all classes of iron manufacture, wrought or cast, hollow ware castings, stoves, etc., cast and wrought iron pipe, steam engines and boilers, saw mill gearing and portable saw mills and machinery generally, sheet and bar iron, bridge iron, besides nails, bolts, nuts, washers, and all species of heavy hardware.
Allegany County Public Library
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Board of Trade of the City of Cumberland
Mines and mineral resources, Maryland, Cumberland
Cumberland, Md., 1870s