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Point of Rocks in Frederick County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Point of Rocks

 
 
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By Don Morfe, September 23, 2012
1. Point of Rocks Marker
Inscription.  In 1832, Point of Rocks served as the western terminus for the C&O Canal and the B&O Railroad. This was not deliberate, but the result of competition as the transportation pioneers wrangled in court for rights to the narrow passage between the Potomac River and Catoctin Mountains.

A small village grew here in the early 1830’s which eventually took the name of the nearby geologic landmark. Considerable trade was done with neighbors from across the river in Virginia, desirous to send goods east via the transport lines.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Railroads & StreetcarsSettlements & SettlersWaterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Chesapeake and Ohio (C&O) Canal series list.
 
Location. 39° 16.398′ N, 77° 32.382′ W. Marker is in Point of Rocks, Maryland, in Frederick County. Marker is on Canal Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Point of Rocks MD 21777, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Battle at Point of Rocks (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Point of Rocks

Point of Rocks Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 23, 2012
2. Point of Rocks Marker
(approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named Point of Rocks (approx. 0.3 miles away); Loudoun County / Maryland (approx. half a mile away in Virginia); First Clash On Loudoun Soil (approx. half a mile away in Virginia); A Canal Home (approx. 0.7 miles away); Lockhouse 28 (approx. 0.7 miles away); Taylorstown (approx. 2.4 miles away in Virginia). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Point of Rocks.
 
Point of Rocks Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 23, 2012
3. Point of Rocks Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on September 24, 2012, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 528 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 24, 2012, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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