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

A New Beginning

Western Maryland Rail Trail

 
 
A New Beginning Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, July 23, 2016
1. A New Beginning Marker
Inscription. On this site a pedestrian park was constructed to provide access to Hancock's main street from the Western Maryland Rail Trail and to provide a comfortable rest area for bikers and walkers of the Rail Trail. The park was dedicated on April 11, 1998. Funding for this project came from Maryland's Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program of the Department of Housing and Community Development, Appalachian Regional Council (ARC) and Town Hancock.

Formerly this area consisted of several businesses and rental housing units. A disastrous New Year's Eve fire on December 31, 1991 destroyed this lot and the adjacent property to the east. The private sector could not feasibly restore the burned out properties, so the Town of Hancock along with the CDBG and ARC programs purchased the property and designed a park to eliminate the blight on the community.

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Spangler Hotel, West Main Street, Hancock, Maryland
 
Erected by State of Maryland Department of Natural Resources.
 
Location. 39° 41.92′ N, 78° 10.747′ W. Marker is in Hancock, Maryland, in Washington County. Marker can be reached from West Main Street (Maryland Route 144) east of Taney Street South, on the right when traveling
A New Beginning Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, July 23, 2016
2. A New Beginning Marker
east. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Hancock MD 21750, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Discover the Trail (a few steps from this marker); Major James Breathed (a few steps from this marker); Hancock (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Discover the Trail (within shouting distance of this marker); The C&O Canal: Serving the Potomac Valley (within shouting distance of this marker); Hancock in the Canal Era (within shouting distance of this marker); Hancock Station (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Hancock (about 300 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Hancock.
 
Also see . . .
1. Western Maryland Rail Trail. Hancock Maryland Chamber of Commerce (Submitted on July 25, 2016.) 

2. Western Maryland Rail Trail. State of Maryland Department of Natural Resources (Submitted on July 25, 2016.) 
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 100 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on July 25, 2016.
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