“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Cumberland in Allegany County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

The First Iron Rails

The First Iron Rails Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jenn Wintermantel
1. The First Iron Rails Marker
Marker has been relocated to underneath railroad bridge and arrow has been painted over.
Inscription.  The first iron rails made in the United States were manufactured in 1844 at Mount Savage. Before that time all iron rails were imported from England.
Erected by State Roads Commission.
Location. 39° 40.168′ N, 78° 47.544′ W. Marker is in Cumberland, Maryland, in Allegany County. Marker is on National Highway (U.S. 40) west of Mt. Savage Road NW (Maryland Route 36), on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Cumberland MD 21502, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. “The Narrows” (approx. mile away); The Narrows (approx. mile away); Site of Bridge 1834 (approx. mile away); "Braddock's Road" (approx. 1 miles away); Canada Hose Company No. 1 (approx. 1.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cumberland.
Regarding The First Iron Rails. Mount Savage and its Foundry Row is 7.5 miles from this marker on Route 36.
Also see . . .  First Iron Rail, C&P Railroad, Brick Yard, Union Mining Company
The First Iron Rails Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jenn Wintermantel
2. The First Iron Rails Marker
. This is the official website for the town of Mt Savage. On it you will find much History and Photos of the town. (Submitted on May 21, 2007, by Dennis Lashley of Mount Savage, Maryland.) 
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Mount Savage Iron Works in the 1850s image. Click for more information.
3. Mount Savage Iron Works in the 1850s
This image comes from Brantz Mayer's article "A June Jaunt" in Harper's Magazine (vol. 14, iss. 83, April 1857), pp. 592-612 (the illustration is on p. 603). The subtitle of the article is "With some wanderings in the footsteps of Washington, Braddock, and the early Pioneers." In the article, a newspaperman takes a train and canal journey from Washington up the Potomac to see the National Road, the C&O canal, and the B&O railroad. During the jaunt, he goes through Mount Savage and described the somewhat-thriving furnaces and rolling mills there (the works had seen some contraction in the late 1840s, bu was prospering again in the 1850s).
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Mt Savage Iron Furnace Ruins image. Click for full size.
By Patricia Lawrence, April 27, 2009
4. Mt Savage Iron Furnace Ruins
These are the ruins of one of two iron furnaces that provided the iron for the rails.

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Credits. This page was last revised on May 26, 2019. This page originally submitted on July 20, 2006, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 2,543 times since then and 44 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 11, 2018, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.   3. submitted on January 25, 2009, by Steven Walton of Bellefonte, Pennsylvania.   4. submitted on May 20, 2009, by Patricia Lawrence of Gaithersburg, Maryland.
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