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

Siding and Packing House Site

Western Maryland Rail Trail

 
 
Siding and Packing House Site Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, July 24, 2016
1. Siding and Packing House Site Marker
Inscription. A siding track, two and one half miles long, ran through the town of Hancock. This track allowed local businesses to load and off load materials and supplies. Typical materials included lumber, timber, agricultural supplies, sand, coal, aggregate and building supplies. This siding track enabled local business and industry to prosper and develop a regional market.

Nearby is a structure used to load materials onto the siding track. The structure has a fold down ramp which would extend over a rail car. A truck would back onto the ramp and unload the cargo onto the train. This fold down ramp could have been used for sand, coal, crushed stone or agricultural grain.
 
Erected by Western Maryland Rail Trail.
 
Location. 39° 41.777′ N, 78° 11.359′ W. Marker is in Hancock, Maryland, in Washington County. Marker can be reached from South Pennsylvania Avenue south of West Main Street (Maryland Route 144), on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Located on the Western Maryland Rail Trail. 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. The Tonoloways (approx. 0.3 miles away); Hancock's Orchard Industry
Western Maryland Rail Trail (WMRT) image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, July 24, 2016
2. Western Maryland Rail Trail (WMRT)
(approx. 0.4 miles away); Hancock (approx. 0.4 miles away); Fort Coombe (approx. 0.4 miles away); a different marker also named Hancock (approx. 0.4 miles away); "Stonewall" Jackson Hill (approx. half a mile away in West Virginia); Hancock in the Canal Era (approx. half a mile away); The C&O Canal: Serving the Potomac Valley (approx. 0.6 miles 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 26, 2016.) 

2. Western Maryland Rail Trail. State of Maryland Department of Natural Resources (Submitted on July 26, 2016.) 
 
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Siding and Packing House Site image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, July 24, 2016
3. Siding and Packing House Site
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 78 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on July 26, 2016.
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