Near Clear Spring in Washington County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Federal Signal Station
Erected by State Roads Commission.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Communications • Roads & Vehicles • War, US Civil.
Location. 39° 38.754′ N, 77° 58.097′ W. Marker is near Clear Spring, Maryland, in Washington County. Marker can be reached from Historic National Road, on the left when traveling west. The marker is on an old National Road alignment which arcs off from the current alignment - most maps do not show this as an actual road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Clear Spring MD 21722, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Gen. J. E. B. Stuart’s (approx. 0.8 miles away); Lancelot Jacques (approx. 1.7 miles away); Vital Crossroads (approx. 1.9 Fort Frederick (approx. 1.9 miles away); Clear Spring Veterans Memorial (approx. 2 miles away); a different marker also named Fort Frederick (approx. 2.1 miles away); Clear Spring (approx. 2.1 miles away); A Road Nurtures A Vision (approx. 2.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Clear Spring.
More about this marker. The height of Fairview Mountain continues to make this an important location for communications, as illustrated by the tower atop it.
A service station, which appears to have been converted into a private residence, remains from the days when automobiles, traveling the National Road, would have had trouble climbing up an incline such as this.
The tablet also remains here from a more recent marker, but the text is missing.
Credits. This page was last revised on May 6, 2020. It was originally submitted on January 24, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,608 times since then and 37 times this year. Last updated on May 5, 2020, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on January 24, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio. 3, 4. submitted on October 26, 2012, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. 5, 6. submitted on January 24, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.