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Lying just north of the Potomac River in the heart of the fertile Cumberland Valley, Hagerstown, Maryland has been at the crossroads of history and commerce since its founding in 1762. Nestled between the Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains, the city sits on a north-south path that migration, war, and commerce have traveled for centuries, while the nearby Potomac River carves out a natural path that served as a gateway to the American West. This fortunate geography influenced the growth and development of Hagerstown, the seat of Washington County, and also earned it the nickname "Hub City." The unique story of Hagerstown, captured in this volume of vintage photographs, includes not only the tales of the Civil War, the coming of the railroad, and the C&O Canal, but of the men and women who built a community and made it home. Through their perseverance and spirit, the city took shape—businesses were established, schools, hospitals, and churches erected, and neighborhoods formed. From Alsatia Mummer's parades and the Great Hagerstown Fair to the bygone days when trolleys rolled through town, the heritage of this singular city is recalled and honored in this engaging tribute.
ISBN: 9780738513591
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Maryland
Series: Images of America
Images: 200
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
In Images of America: Hagerstown, author and longtime resident Mary H. Rubin journeys into Hagerstown's varied past through historic photographs of the people, places, and events that brought the city to life. Showcasing images culled from the Washington County Historical Society and the Western Maryland Room at the Washington County Free Library, this illustrated history will be a welcome addition to the bookshelves of Hagerstown's history lovers, residents, and visitors alike.
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