“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)

Riverside Park

Riverside Park Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Beverly Pfingsten, March 28, 2009
1. Riverside Park Marker
Inscription.  Land for this park was donated to the city in 1893. The park formerly included the site of the bridge approached to your right and an area extending along the river bank upstream. Then, there were extensive walkways, benches, flowerbeds, a viewing fountain, a boat dock, and a bandstand. Concerts were given during the summer on Sundays. The park was a focal point of activity. Excursion boats operated up the Potomac River from the park until 1924. The boats were operated by Frederick "Buck" Dreyer and provided pleasant rides and access to Dreyer's Beach (upriver near Bowling Green) for swimming.
Riverside Park presently is part of the Fort Cumberland Trail. Herein are found many historical markers and exhibits commemorating our local heritage. These include the cabin (now restored) which served as a headquarters of Colonel George Washington during the French and Indian War period and a stone marker which honors Colonel Thomas Cresap and his family.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: EntertainmentNotable Places. A significant historical year for this entry is 1893.
Location. 39° 38.985′ 
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N, 78° 45.89′ W. Marker is in Cumberland, Maryland, in Allegany County. Marker is at the intersection of Greene St. and Bridge Street on Greene St.. 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 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fort Cumberland Trail (here, next to this marker); Where the Road Began (here, next to this marker); National Road Monument (here, next to this marker); Headquarters of George Washington (a few steps from this marker); George Washington at Will’s Creek (a few steps from this marker); Col. Thomas Cresap (a few steps from this marker); Col. Joshua Fry (within shouting distance of this marker); The Old National Pike (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cumberland.
Riverside Park image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Beverly Pfingsten, March 28, 2009
2. Riverside Park
Washington Headquarters building in background.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on April 6, 2009, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,768 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 6, 2009, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.

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