Small Town... With a Spectacular History, page 14
The Organizers of the Mountain Lake Park Association (1882-1883). Standing, from left to right: Rev. C. P. Masden, Wheeling, West Virginia, C. W. Conner, Wheeling, West Virginia, Dr. J. Goucher, Baltimore, Maryland, Rev. John McMillen Davis, Oakland, Maryland, S. L. Allen, Newburg, West Virginia. Sitting, from left to right: Major J. C. Alderson, Wheeling, West Virginia, Dr. C. W. Baldwin, Baltimore, Maryland. Courtesy of A. D. Naylor, Oakland, Maryland.
looking with nostalgia on what he formerly derided as "the styx". Truly, Oakland's (population 2,000) greatest years are ahead. It is a town of attractive and competent youth, contented old folk—who are enjoying a happy and productive life. Almost within walking distance one can stalk a deer, catch a trout, sail a yacht, or ski on a slope. It is a town with an air-conditioned climate, an unsurpassable landscape, a healthy people with a unique heritage.
As I conclude with some more childhood recollections, the month of August was the peak of the year. I can remember sitting on my mother's lap as we were driven in a black lacquered carriage out the dusty road to the Amphitheatre (seated 3500) where we heard the nation's foremost orators; and at the conclusion of their dramatic speeches gave them a chautauqua salute. And what a host of celebrities: William Howard Taft, Theodore Roosevelt, William Jennings Bryan, DeWitt Talmadge, Newel Dwight Hillis, S. Parkes Cadman, Ernest Thompson Seton, Burton Holmes, William Pierce Hobson, Mark Twain, Sam Jones, Billy Sunday, and Russell Conwell. Conwell's most famous lecture was "Acres of Diamonds". His best remembered point was that the most endurable wealth could be found in one's own backyard.
Felix G. Robinson
The interior of the new auditorium, the Bashford Amphitheatre, at Mt. Lake Park. Built in 1900—and used for Chautauqua. Here the most prominent speakers of the country addressed capacity audiences. Seating capacity 3,500. It was dismantled in 1942. Courtesy of the Library of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad.
Ruth Enlow Library, Oakland
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Western Maryland, 1750-1963