Marker Logo HMdb.org THE HISTORICAL
MARKER DATABASE
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Frostburg in Allegany County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Frostburg

The National Road, Coal and Fancy Hotels

 
 
Frostburg Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, August 13, 2007
1. Frostburg Marker
Inscription.  The National Road has sustained Frostburg for almost two centuries. As the road was being surveyed in 1811, Josiah Frost began laying out lots. Businesses, serving passing stagecoaches and wagons, soon lined a developing Main Street.

By the 1850s, travel along the road was eclipsed by railroads and canals. The town’s prosperity continued, however, with a lively trade in locally produced coal and fire bricks.

The Gladstone Hotel brought the big city to Frostburg in 1897. Bellboys greeted the guests and a New York chef impressed them with his culinary skills. There were a hundred rooms, a café and a barbershop. The fifth floor observatory allowed guests a view of the beautiful countryside. Tennis courts and a petting farm provided recreation and entertainment for guests and their children. The hotel was revived by the advent of the automobile, and its purchase by William Gunter. Today, the Gunter Hotel still welcomes travelers along the Historic National Road.

(caption) You can still see the cockfighting arena and a jail that William Gunter added to the hotel in 1903 to bring in a few
Marker across Main Street from the Post Office image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, August 13, 2007
2. Marker across Main Street from the Post Office
Click or scan to see
this page online
extra dollars. Lawmen escorting prisoners along the National Road enjoyed a comfortable night’s rest while the prisoners were secure below.

(caption) Frostburg’s lively Main Street in the 1930s. The Gunter Hotel was a popular stop on the old National Road.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Roads & Vehicles. In addition, it is included in the The Historic National Road series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1811.
 
Location. 39° 39.483′ N, 78° 55.738′ W. Marker is in Frostburg, Maryland, in Allegany County. Marker is on East Main Street west of Water Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Frostburg MD 21532, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. In Memoriam (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named In Memoriam (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named In Memoriam (within shouting distance of this marker); The Memorial Window (within shouting distance of this marker); Frost Graves (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Frostburg (about 600 feet away); Braddock Stone (about 600 feet away); The Naming of Frostburg (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Frostburg.
 
The Gladstone, Now Failinger’s Hotel Gunter image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, August 13, 2007
3. The Gladstone, Now Failinger’s Hotel Gunter
The Gladstone Hotel, Now Called The Gunter Hotel image. Click for full size.
By Bradley Owen, June 27, 2021
4. The Gladstone Hotel, Now Called The Gunter Hotel
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 2, 2021. It was originally submitted on November 14, 2007, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,665 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 14, 2007, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.   4. submitted on June 29, 2021, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia.

Share this page.  
Share on Tumblr
m=3553

Paid Advertisement
Jan. 18, 2022