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Near Hancock in Washington County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Sideling Hill and Town Hill Mountains

 
 
Sideling Hill and Town Hill Mountains Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, August 13, 2006
1. Sideling Hill and Town Hill Mountains Marker
Inscription. Rainwater enters the outcropping sandstones of Sideling Hill and collects in what is termed an aquifer. In this highway cut, the water runs out at the bottom of the fractured sandstone layers because it cannot go through the dense claystone below. There are often continual water seeps or ice falls during winter in a cut like this.

The ridge to the west is Town Hill, a syncline like Sideling Hill. What looks like an end to the hill is a cut, eroded by a river which might have been bigger than today’s Potomac River. Town Hill extends tens of miles into Pennsylvania.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the The Historic National Road marker series.
 
Location. 39° 43.148′ N, 78° 16.9′ W. Marker is near Hancock, Maryland, in Washington County. Marker is on the westbound Sideling Hill Visitors Center (Interstate 68 at milepost 75) west of Exit 77 (Maryland Route 144), on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker can also be reached from the eastbound Rest Area by crossing the footbridge. Marker is in this post office area: Hancock MD 21750, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Sideling Hill Cut South Bench (within shouting distance of this marker); Sideling Hill Cut North Bench
Sunlight Glints off the Water Seeping from the Sandstone Layers image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, August 13, 2006
2. Sunlight Glints off the Water Seeping from the Sandstone Layers
(within shouting distance of this marker); The National Road (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Challenge of Sideling Hill (about 300 feet away); Gettysburg Campaign (about 300 feet away); Interstate 68 Maryland Vietnam Memorial (about 700 feet away); a different marker also named Gettysburg Campaign (approx. ¼ mile away); Round Top Sand Company (approx. 4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Hancock.
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,041 times since then and 30 times this year. Last updated on , by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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