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Jenny Lind, Mrs. Anthony Trollope, Albert Gallatin, Marquis de Lafayette, Henry Clay, Daniel Webster, Zachary Taylor, Andrew Jackson, Prince Maxmillian, Stephen A. Douglas, William Henry Harrison, John C. Calhoun, Davy Crockett, Martin van Buren, James Monroe, President Polk, Abraham Lincoln, and Walt Whitman.
There has been much written about the Pike. We had hoped to have a special article concerning its early history in this issue. Thinking the lesserknown subjects more important, we have decided to postpone our Pike story to a later issue. However, here are a few interesting figures relating to the expenditures of the Federal Government on this first route across the Allegheny Mountains.
According to Brown's "Miscellaneous Writings" between 1806 and 183 5, the Federal government spent $1,242,984.00 in the construction and maintenance of the National Pike between Cumberland and Wheeling, a distance of 132 miles* If one breaks down these figures one will find it hard to reconcile the insignificant amount of money required then to build a mile of improved road in contrast to the costs of 1953. During the twentynine year period it cost $326.00 per mile per year, which included the
J. William Hunt
Clarysville Inn—Built 1807. One of the oldest and best known historical taverns on the Pike, Route 40. It is located between Cumberland and Frostburg. During the Civil War this Inn, together with specially built units, was used as a hospital. The present day Inn contains a picture of this hospital. This picture was taken in 1900 by G. N. Beall, a cousin of Senator Glenn Beall. The present Inn has been enlarged without detracting from its original style. It is now a popular eating establishment for the discriminating tourist, local people and organizations. It is under the management of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Lyons. The cuisine is under the personal direction of David Gunter.
Ruth Enlow Library, Oakland
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Editor: Felix G. Robinson
Western Maryland, 1750-1963