Oakland in Garrett County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Oakland, the B&O, and the Jones/Imboden Raid
In many ways the Town of Oakland owes its early development as one of Garrett County's largest towns and as the county seat to the arrival of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. In 1851 the railroad meandered through the Youghiogheny Glades on its way to Wheeling, Virginia and the Ohio River. The small community once known as "Slabtown" began in the late 1840's under the leadership of pioneer Isaac McCarty. He designed the plat for the original town near the location of the much earlier (1812) Yough Glades Post Office at the Armstrong Tavern. This tavern was a major stop on the mail route from Westernport to Morgantown and Clarksburg.
Once the railroad reached Oakland, the town and the area around it soon became an early mecca for people of the Baltimore/Washington corridor as well as points to the west. The Glades Hotel was Oakland's first railroad, established in the early 1850's shortly after the arrival of the trains. This hotel was still in existence in April 1863 when the Jones/Imboden raiders passed through the town with the major objective of destroying the Youghiogheny railroad bridge just west of the town.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Bridges & Viaducts • Railroads & Streetcars • Settlements & Settlers • War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad (B&O), the Maryland, Town of Oakland, and the Postal Mail and Philately series lists. A significant historical month for this entry is April 1863.
Location. 39° 25.098′ N, 79° 25.062′ W. Marker is in Oakland, Maryland, in Garrett County. Marker is on West Liberty Street just west of West Liberty Street, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 460 W Liberty St, Oakland MD 21550, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A Tribute to Garrett County's Civil War Soldiers (here, next to this marker); Fort Alice (approx. 0.3 miles away); Tradition of Washington Spring (approx. half a mile away); Site of Oakland Hotel (approx. 0.7 miles away); 1920 Baldwin Steam Locomotive (approx. ¾ mile away); The Oakland Hotel (approx. ¾ mile away); 1955 B&O Railroad Caboose (approx. ¾ mile away); Our Benefactors (approx. ¾ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Oakland.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 18, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 18, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 161 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on July 18, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.