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Meyersdale in Somerset County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)


Pennsylvania's Maple City

Meyersdale Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bradley Owen, June 11, 2022
1. Meyersdale Marker
■ When the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad came through the Casselman River valley in 1871, Meyersdale already was a prosperous town. Founded by German settlers in the late 1700s, Meyers Mill became Meyersdale in 1874 and was an important transportation hub for local agriculture and, later, for coal. The Western Maryland Railroad (now the trail) was built in 1912 to compete with the B&O. The railroads connected Meyersdale and its countryside to East Coast cities. By the 1890s Meyersdale was Somerset County's principal economic, cultural, and population center, with five hotels catering to travelers. ■ Maple sugar products are still produced in the area, and Meyersdale hosts the Pennsylvania Maple Festival in early spring when the "magic water" runs through the sugar maple trees.

[Caption]: Established: 1874 • Elevation: 2,106 feet • Population: 2,473 • County: Somerset

[Photo Captions]:

Coal Mining: Local coal miners brought coal by horse-drawn wagons to load onto railcars at the bustling Western Maryland Station. The bituminous or "soft" coal of this area was shipped
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to Baltimore, Philadelphia, and other eastern cities.
Photograph courtesy of Meyersdale Historical Society

Historic Downtown: In the early 1900s this store occupied 149 Center Street, where Somerset Trust Company's attractive park now stands. Downtown Meyersdale had five hotels and 67 stores then, serving a resident population of nearly 4,000.
Photograph courtesy of Meyersdale Historical Society

Maple Tapping: Every spring Meyersdale is home to the Pennsylvania Maple Festival. Volunteers demonstrate the pioneer process of tapping the sugar maple, gathering its sweet water, and boiling the sap to make syrup.

Erected by The Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail Office and the National Park Service.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceRailroads & Streetcars. A significant historical year for this entry is 1891.
Location. 39° 49.002′ N, 79° 1.281′ W. Marker is in Meyersdale, Pennsylvania, in Somerset County. Marker can be reached from Main Street east of 8th Street, on the left when traveling east. Marker is located on the west side of the Meyersdale Area Historical Society along the Great Allegheny Passage trail. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 527 Main Street, Meyersdale PA 15552, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers
Meyersdale Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bradley Owen, June 11, 2022
2. Meyersdale Marker
are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Meyersdale (here, next to this marker); What's the Use of a Caboose (a few steps from this marker); Western Maryland Railway (within shouting distance of this marker); Sweetest Place on Earth (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Early Meyersdale (approx. 0.2 miles away); Meyersdale Centennial (approx. 0.3 miles away); Lest We Forget (approx. 0.3 miles away); Korean War/Vietnam Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Meyersdale.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 15, 2022. It was originally submitted on July 15, 2022, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. This page has been viewed 180 times since then and 49 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 15, 2022, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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