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Hancock in Washington County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Hancock Station
 
Hancock Station Marker Photo, Click for full size
By J. J. Prats, August 5, 2006
1. Hancock Station Marker
 
Inscription. The Cumberland Extension of the Western Maryland Railway reached Hancock by December of 1904. The Hancock Station was a combination passenger and freight station that was constructed in 1904–1905. Passenger service was discontinued in the early 1950's. The freight agency operated at the station until March 12, 1976. The building burned on May 28, 1983. A train wreck occurred just west of the station in May of 1911 when engine 629, pulling a freight train, collided head-on with a work train pulled by engine 74. A newspaper article claimed that "Both engines derailed and fifteen to twenty cars were piled up, many of them being reduced to kindling wood. The enginemen and firemen of both trains jumped when it was seen that a collision could not be averted." Only the brakeman of engine 629 was seriously injured.
 
Erected by Western Maryland Rail Trail.
 
Location. 39° 41.901′ N, 78° 10.694′ W. Marker is in Hancock, Maryland, in Washington County. Marker is on Church Street (becomes Canal Street past marker)
 
Parking Lot is Where Station Once Stood Photo, Click for full size
By J. J. Prats, August 5, 2006
2. Parking Lot is Where Station Once Stood
 
south of Main Street (Maryland Route 144). Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Hancock MD 21750, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The National Road (a few steps from this marker); Gettysburg Campaign (within shouting distance of this marker); A Work of Art (within shouting distance of this marker); St. Thomas Episcopal Church (within shouting distance of this marker); The Historic Bowles House (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Hancock.
 
Also see . . .  Western Maryland Railway's West Sub Photos. (Submitted on December 5, 2006.)
 
Western Maryland Rail Trail Westbound at Hancock Photo, Click for full size
By J. J. Prats, August 5, 2006
3. Western Maryland Rail Trail Westbound at Hancock
This marker is on the right of the trail.
 
 
Western Maryland Rail Trail Eastbound at Hancock Photo, Click for full size
By J. J. Prats, August 5, 2006
4. Western Maryland Rail Trail Eastbound at Hancock
Canal Street crosses the trail here. Photographer is standing next to marker.
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on December 5, 2006, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,768 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 5, 2006, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.
 
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