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Keysers Ridge in Garrett County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Keyser’s Ridge

Living with Extreme Weather

— The Historic National Road - The Road That Built The Nation —

Keyser’s Ridge Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, August 26, 2006
1. Keyser’s Ridge Marker
“I saw the wind blow so hard on Keyser’s Ridge, that it took six men to hold the hair on one man’s head.”

In the early days of the National Road, this stretch was often “snowed up” with drifts up to twenty feet deep. Stagecoaches and freight wagons were stopped here for days at a time. When they could travel, they sometimes left the blocked roadbeds and rolled across the nearby “skirting glades.”

Keyser’s Ridge is no place for the faint hearted. It tops a bald, bleak range, the last of three mountains west of Cumberland that are nearly 3,000 feet high. The weather here is extreme. Dense fog, howling winds, and deep snow tracks.

In spite of the treacherous winter weather, numerous inns were tucked into the eastern slope of the mountain. They have welcomed hardy travelers throughout the seasons since the early nineteenth century.

Leo Beachy photographed Keyser's Ridge in the early 20th century. In the days before large snow plows, hired men had to shovel pathways through the huge snow drifts.
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Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Natural FeaturesRoads & Vehicles. In addition, it is included in the The Historic National Road series list.
Location. This marker has been replaced by another marker nearby. It was located near 39° 41.652′ N, 79° 14.798′ W. Marker was in Keysers Ridge, Maryland, in Garrett County. Marker could be reached from the intersection of National Pike (Alternate U.S. 40) and National Freeway Exit 14 (Interstate 68), on the left when traveling west. Marker is in the McDonalds Restaurant parking lot. Restaurant is at the intersection of I-68, Garrett Highway (U.S. 219 South), U.S 40, and U.S. Alternate 40. Touch for map. Marker was in this post office area: Grantsville MD 21536, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 4 miles of this location, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Keyser's Ridge (here, next to this marker); Negro Mountain (approx. 2.1 miles away); a different marker also named Negro Mountain (approx. 2.1 miles away); Bear Camp (approx. 2.7 miles away); The State Line (approx. 3.3 miles away).
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. This marker
Southeast View of Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, August 26, 2006
2. Southeast View of Marker
has been replaced by the linked marker.
Marker at Restaurant image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, August 26, 2006
3. Marker at Restaurant
Credits. This page was last revised on March 24, 2024. It was originally submitted on September 3, 2006, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 3,729 times since then and 61 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 3, 2006, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.

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May. 29, 2024