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Thurmont in Frederick County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Blue Blazes Still

 
 
Blue Blazes Still Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, December 27, 2014
1. Blue Blazes Still Marker
Inscription. What the police discovered at the Blue Blazes Still was startling. This was not a small, family still but a big, commercial whiskey operation. Police found coils, cooling boxes, hoses, and eighteen 500-gallon-vats— the largest best equipped still they had ever come across in Frederick County.

The economic incentive of making whiskey was great during Prohibition. The price of backwoods grog soared from $2 to $22 a gallon in such places as Washington, Baltimore, and New York.
 
Erected by The National Park Service.
 
Location. 39° 38.286′ N, 77° 26.983′ W. Marker is in Thurmont, Maryland, in Frederick County. Marker can be reached from Park Central Road. Click for map. In Catoctin Mountain Park, along the Blue Blazes Trail. Marker is in this post office area: Thurmont MD 21788, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A Fatal Shootout (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Making Whiskey (approx. mile away); A Tradition of Conservation (approx. 0.3 miles away); Catoctin Mountain Geology (approx. 1.1 miles away); Second Growth Forest
Blue Blazes Still Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, December 27, 2014
2. Blue Blazes Still Marker
(approx. 1.1 miles away); Cunningham Falls (approx. 2 miles away); To the Unknown Dead (approx. 2.1 miles away); Creeger House (approx. 2.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Thurmont.
 
More about this marker. This marker refers to the police raid on the distilling operation in this neighborhood, known as "Blue Blazes" in 1929, in which Deputy Sheriff Hauver was killed. It draws a distinction between the large commercial operation found here in 1929 and the nearby small, "family sized", demonstration still.
 
Also see . . .  Moonshining in the Catoctin. by George Wireman, Emmittsburg Area Historical Society. (Submitted on December 28, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.) 
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
Local Residents examine the large vats discovered in the raid. image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, December 27, 2014
3. Local Residents examine the large vats discovered in the raid.
Close-up of photo on marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 219 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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