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Brunswick in Frederick County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Berlin

Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park

— National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —

 
 
Berlin Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, September 3, 2007
1. Berlin Marker
Inscription.  First called Berlin, later Barry, and finally named Brunswick in 1890, the town's fortunes fluctuated with the times. The canal was built here in 1834 and a large gristmill, powered by canal water, was built on the canal across from the towpath. During the Civil War the town grew to 500 people but dwindled to 200 by 1890. In that year the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad built its switchyard center and repair shops here. The town continued to prosper until the railroad moved most of its operations elsewhere.
 
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceRailroads & StreetcarsWaterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Chesapeake and Ohio (C&O) Canal series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1890.
 
Location. 39° 18.676′ N, 77° 37.791′ W. Marker has been reported damaged. Marker is in Brunswick, Maryland, in Frederick County. Marker is on South Maple Avenue, on the left when traveling west. Located
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along the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal towpath, beside Lock 30. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Brunswick MD 21716, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. Water Power (within shouting distance of this marker); Explore a Trail Network (within shouting distance of this marker); Welcome to Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park TRACK Trail (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Brunswick (about 700 feet away); a different marker also named Brunswick (about 700 feet away); Train No. 286 Bell Memorial (about 700 feet away); Veterans Memorial (about 700 feet away); Gordon N. Wakefield (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Brunswick.
 
More about this marker. The background of the marker shows the canal, railroad, and bridge over the Potomac, with the caption "The canal and railroad coexisted until 1889, when the railroad gained control of the canal." A map inset shows "In 1873 Berlin was a small town beside the Potomac River." A photograph on the upper right is captioned, "The canal provided townspeople an interesting place to visit when leisure time was available."
 
Also see . . .  Chesapeake and Ohio Canal. National Park Service site. (Submitted on December 21, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Berlin Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), May 14, 2022
2. Berlin Marker
Unfortunately, the marker has weathered significantly.
 
 
Marker Beside Lock 30 image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, September 3, 2007
3. Marker Beside Lock 30
Lock 30 at Brunswick image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, January 6, 2007
4. Lock 30 at Brunswick
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 15, 2022. It was originally submitted on December 21, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,474 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on December 21, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   2. submitted on May 15, 2022, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.   3, 4. submitted on December 21, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.

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