Point of Rocks in Frederick County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Point of Rocks
— Canal Towns • Point of Rocks —
Numerous floods have shaped the land and affected structures in the Point of Rocks area for centuries. Although the Potomac River has provided transportation, food, recreation, and beauty to Point of Rocks, portions of the town have also been devastated by flooding.
The markings on the obelisk, the granite monument in the circle in front of you, indicate the actual water levels or "crests" for several major floods dating back to 1889. The numbers represent the height above the elevation at the Potomac River Gauging Station (199.92) located on the left bank of the river on the downstream side of the US 15 Bridge.
A flood stage is the height where rising water begins to create a hazard to lives, property, or commerce. This height may be different at each location along a river.
The National Weather Service defines the flood stages for the Potomac River at Point of Rocks as:
Flood Stage: 16 ft.
Moderate Flood Stage: 20 ft.
Major Flood Stage: 25 ft.
As of 2017, major floods have been
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Disasters • Waterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 2017.
Location. 39° 16.459′ N, 77° 32.342′ W. Marker is in Point of Rocks, Maryland, in Frederick County. Marker is at the intersection of Monroe Street and Clay Street (Maryland Route 28), on the right when traveling south on Monroe Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3725B Clay St, Point of Rocks MD 21777, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Point of Rocks (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Point of Rocks (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Point of Rocks (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Point of Rocks (about 300 feet away); a different marker also named Point of Rocks (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named Point of Rocks (about 500 feet away); Battle at Point of Rocks (approx. ¼ mile away); a different marker also named Point of Rocks (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Point of Rocks.
Credits. This page was last revised on September 22, 2021. It was originally submitted on March 6, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 295 times since then and 88 times this year. Last updated on September 21, 2021, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on March 6, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. 3, 4, 5. submitted on September 14, 2021, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.