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Our history begins on the Youghiogheny

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Our History Begins On the Youghiogheny


Felix G. Robinson

The oldest settlement, the oldest farming community, and the oldest town in Garrett County were established on and adjacent to the Youghiogheny River. The town of Friendsville continues to grow up on the foundation of this first settlement, now stretching to the hills from both sides of the river. On the high tableland looking down from the west side of the river is Blooming Rose, the first agricultural community in the county. And about two miles downstream is the remnant of Selbysport, the oldest town.


Our source material for the origins of the earliest settlement are: (1) Capt. Charles E. Hoye, (2) D. Harrison Friend, (3) Scharfs History of Western Maryland, (4) "The Goodness of God" by D. A. Friend, (5) Welfley's "History of Somerset County, Penna." (6) "The Friend Family of the Youghiogheny River" (manuscript) by Sidney Ray White. Mr. Charles Welch of Friendsville has loaned the editor


Felix G. Robinson

The Confluence (Pa.) and Oakland (Md.) Railroad station and engine at Friendsville, Md. in 1891. After fifty-three years of service it discontinued operation in April, 1942. Its station were sold, rails removed from the roadbed, the steel bridge below Friendsville was' shipped to Ohio, the Bear Creek bridge "junked", and the right of way was sold to the Federal Government in connection with the impoundment of the Youghiogheny River above Confluence, Pa. Courtesy of "The Glades Star"


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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