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

Blue Blazes Whiskey Trail

Catoctin Mountain Park

 

—National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —

 
Blue Blazes Whiskey Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Jones, August 5, 2018
1. Blue Blazes Whiskey Trail Marker
Inscription. This trail–an easy 0.6-mile round trip–follows the banks of Blue Blazes Run to the site of the Thurmont area's most famous whiskey still. Some early settlers distilled alcohol for family use. Others had an economic reason: a horse could haul four bushels of corn; if the corn was turned into whiskey, then the horse could haul the equivalent of 24 bushels.

A few avoided taxes by making and selling hard liquor by the light of the moon. The Blue Blazes Whiskey Still, however, was a large, illegal commercial distillery during the 1920s Prohibition era. Here the operators had the essentials: clean water, plenty of firewood, and nearby supplies of corn. But, as you will discover, things went awry.

[Image caption:]
Marylanders opposed Prohibition because they believed it violated state's rights, and Maryland became known as the "Free State."
 
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 39° 38.065′ N, 77° 27.073′ W. Marker is in Thurmont, Maryland, in Frederick County. Marker can be reached from Park Central Road north of Foxville Road (Maryland Route 77), on the left. Touch for map. Falls Nature Trail. Marker is in this post office area: Thurmont MD 21788, United States of America.
 
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Blue Blazes Whiskey Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Jones, August 5, 2018
2. Blue Blazes Whiskey Trail Marker
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A Tradition of Conservation (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); A Fatal Shootout (about 800 feet away); Blue Blazes Still (approx. ¼ mile away); Making Whiskey (approx. 0.4 miles away); Preparing the Hearth (approx. ¾ mile away); Making Charcoal (approx. 0.8 miles away); Wood Hauler's Sled (approx. 0.8 miles away); Collier's Hut (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Thurmont.
 
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Nearby Trailhead Sign image. Click for full size.
By Devry Jones, August 5, 2018
3. Nearby Trailhead Sign
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 8, 2018. This page originally submitted on August 5, 2018, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 20 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 5, 2018, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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