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Small Town... With a Spectacular History, page 9

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waterfall. A few years later Albert Einstein was seen making purchases in an Oakland grocery store. He was living in a cabin at Deep Creek Lake where Dr. Jonas Salk of Polio fame and his family now spend their summers. Washington lingered here in September, 1784 when he was surveying the proposed water-route to the west. About the only class of celebrities that have failed to make their appearance are the Hollywood stars.

Fifty years ago there were more prosperous communities than Oakland in the Allegheny Mountains. These places thrived on lumber and coal. Now they are ghost towns. On the other hand Oakland's burgeoning well-being and affluence has been pre-determined by an expanding agrarian economy and free-spending summer vacationers; it is also the County Seat. Its bid for a propitious future is complemented by a colorful past. The people of Oakland have a great tradition, and they have come to know it. On the occasion of its Centennial in 1949 they gave all-out collaboration, talent and support to the dramatization of its history. The words and music of the ballad, the narration script, acting, publicity and staging were the creation of the people.


It is the knowledge of its past, stimulated by the literature of The Garrett County Historical Society, that makes it easy to predict that Oakland's greatest years lie ahead. It used to be that the most talented youth would follow the dreams of Horatio Alger and seek fame and fortune in the cities. While there are many who still leave home, often through necessity, there are others, some of its most talented youngsters,


Felix G. Robinson

"Kittery Hill," one of the better preserved summer residences that were built in the post-Civil War period in Garrett County, Maryland. Picture by Caleb Winslow Jr. For a number of years it was, until her death, the residence of Mrs. Edith Young. It is the property of Commodore and Mrs. Donald Loomis of Chapel Hill, North Carolina.


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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