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Story of Hagerstown Maryland, 1911

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A Great Manufacturing, Railroad, Inter Urban and Distributing Center.

Population, 25,000

190 Daily Trains
78 Factories
7 Banks

Steadily increasing in Wealth & Prosperity

THE FACTORS at work expanding and building Hagerstown are such as are commonly at the basis of growth and prosperity. Here they are manifested very strongly and the effect is the more easily noted. A powerful action creates an equal reaction, the reflection is the more observable. It is easy to exaggerate, but it is not so easy to set down coolly and exactly those integers, plain as they are.

In the first place it is well to understand that most great cities and most great industries are set in a center of communication that is framed in a blasted environment, bare, forbidding and infertile. Here we vary and it is a variation to be noted. We are belted by the most valuable of farming and truck lands and we have the rolling hills that make suburbs high, healthy and inviting. Thus the proposition of homes, of abundant markets, of easy proximity thereto, are settled. This leaves free the city to approach the industrial question the more freely. Also to reach forth for the communications that move the finished articles and bring back raw material, that provide for the prompt touch with remote and nearby cities and keeps our people in constant connection with what goes on in the world about whether by wire or rail, freight or express.

The four lines that radiate from here are practically five. The Western Maryland is giving us a western connection for Pittsburg and eastwardly binds up to Baltimore. Through the Reading and Cut-off there is an additional inlet to the great regions about Philadelphia and New Jersey. The Cumberland Valley more particularly is concerned with Pennsylvania and our entrance into New York and Philadelphia, though we have a range into Virginia for some miles through that line. It will be ob-


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Clarence E. Weaver

Illustrations of Washington County Court House. and U. S. Government Building.


Collection Location:
Western Maryland Room, Washington County Free Library

Original Size:
23 x 31 cms

Mail Publishing Co., Hagerstown

Business enterprises, Maryland, Hagerstown

Hagerstown (Md.), 1911

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

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