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Coal for charcoal, page 4

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War. Thus our history not only begins with this war but with the beginning of coal. Gold and furs quickly receded into the background as the raw materials for a fortune.

The next reference to coal on top of the mountains occurs, so far as the Editor of TABLELAND TRAILS has been able to observe, is in one single little book. It is called "Brown's Miscellaneous Writings'' (Published in Cumberland, Maryland, July 23, 1896). It is worth quoting at length:

"I propose to furnish some statements and facts never before given, in regard to the early opening of the coal mines in Garrett County. The data has been obtained with some difficulty and labor, as there are no records or print to resort to. Traditions and recollections of aged people are the only source from which the information could be gathered. After all, such are the chief elements of history, especially when it is of a primary character, and the information now to be given is certainly of that.

"It is but a little over one hundred years since 'stone-coal' was discovered in this county. Its first use was to supersede the use of charcoal by the blacksmiths and furnaces where iron was manufactured. Charcoal was used entirely by smiths and forges and was expensive, though it served its purpose well.

"At the time coal was discovered and became useful for smitheries and smelting iron ore, it was not for a moment supposed it was capable of ever being used for fuel or heating houses. No doubt there were many experiments before it could be applied to heating purposes. For such a purpose it was first used in the large, open grates in the bar-rooms in the hotels along


Felix G. Robinson

Canal Boat on Chesapeake and Ohio Canal showing both the towpath and the race track. 1895. From the Herman J. Miller Collection of historical pictures.


Collection Location:
Ruth Enlow Library, Oakland

Original Size:
22 x 15 cms

Maryland, History


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

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