Whilbr Heading
Search | Use Google Search

Words or Phrase:

Search Method Help Image

Left Nav Image    Home   |   Links   |   Contact Us   |   Facebook   |   Digital Whilbr
Yellow Bar image
Description ImageWhilbr Description


Collection Dropdown Image
Allegany County
Category Divider
Garrett County
Category Divider
Washington County
Category Divider
Civil War in Maryland
Category Divider
Genealogy Resources
Category Divider
Photographs and Prints
Small Town... With a Spectacular History, page 14

Click on the MEDIA ITEMS below for more information


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.


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

Footer Image     Contact Webmaster  |  Copyright Information Top Line Image