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Kitzmiller on the Potomac, page 7

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A small amount of cutting was done on the West Virginia side of the river. From there, they moved their operations across the river, up Wolf Den Run and continuing on up Lost Land Run.

By this time, the railroad had been extended from Piedmont, so now the lumber was shipped out by rail. An interesting sidelight is that the first coal mined at the North American mine was hauled down the hill on a sled, and used to run the lumber company's train.

No. 1 white and red oak was cut, bringing the price of $14.00 a thousand feet. Hemlock sold for $6.00 a thousand for framework and $7.00 a thousand for inch lumber.

Much of the lumber was shipped to Brunswick, Pennsylvania for the building of railroad cars, but a large amount was cut into plow beams and handles and shipped to York. Chair stocks were cut and shipped as far away as Massachusetts.

Hench, Dromgold and Shull ceased their lumber activities in 1899.

Pioneer mining operations began in November, 1899 at the North American mine under the name of the Blaine Coal Company. This company was a partnership of George W. Kitzmiller, Victoria


Ruth Hutson Ryan

A NICE CATCH—Not certain as to identity of trout stream; most likely one flowing down the east side of Backbone Mountain. Looks like a pool on Crabtree Creek. Picture through the courtesy of the Maryland Inland Fish and Game Commission.


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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