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The Story of Loch Lynn Heights

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In the September (1955) issue of The Glades Star, Mr. Jared Young gave an interesting account of the organization of the Mountain Lake Park Association, acquisition of the tract as well as that tract acquired by J. C. Alderson on the South Side of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, now known as Loch Lynn Heights.

Major Alderson was understood to be an officer in the Confederate Army. He was tall and erect. As a small boy I can remember seeing him walking over his farm, which was to become the site of Loch Lynn Heights. He did not carry a cane but rather a pole or staff about as high as his head. The farm was worked by two colored men whom we called Uncle Bob and Uncle Dan.

An organization called the Lake View Land and Banking Company was formed. A few lots across from the Mountain Lake Park Station were sold. Industry consisted of a planing mill and a brick plant. Later the Mountain Home Company was organized and the major part of the Alderson farm laid out as a future town. The survey was made by J. Frank Burley, an engineer from Moundsville, W. Va. He later had offices in New York City and Canada (Montreal, I believe). The embryo town had the advantage of being planned by this competent engineer, not just growing in haphazard fashion. Streets were laid wide and straight and to good grade.

Mrs. Alderson, I understand, was Scotch. She re-named the project Loch Lynn Heights. Many of the streets running one direction were given Scotch names, those at right angles, Indian names. This plot of about 40 blocks was recorded as of Aug. 9, 1894.

Later the Organization got larger ideas and purchased the G. P. White farm and the Simon Baker farm. A new survey was made covering all of the White farm, parts of the Alderson and Baker farm and from the West Side of Wonderly Road to the East Side of Gorman Road. Both plats were bounded on the Northwest by the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad right-of-way. The last survey was made by James L. Burley, father of J. Frank, and included the first plan with few changes. A sale of lots was made, many being bought by local residents and by others in various parts of the country.

The idea grew of having the town incorporated. Some were for and some against. The former won and incorporation to the last survey


E. R. O'Donnell


Collection Location:
Ruth Enlow Library, Oakland

Original Size:
22 x 15 cms

Maryland, History

Western Maryland, 1750-1963

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

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