Thurmont in Frederick County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
A Fatal Shootout
Near here on July 31, 1929, Deputy Sheriff Clyde L. Hauver was fatally wounded in a raid on the Blue Blazes Still. Police eventually tracked down several suspects, and two moonshiners were convicted in connection with the murder after several days of conflicting testimony.
Tales of a double-crossing informant, a love triangle, arson, and other rumors spread throughout central Maryland. What exactly happened remains a mystery.
Erected by National Park Service.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce. A significant historical month for this entry is July 1671.
Location. 39° 38.177′ N, 77° 27.006′ W. Marker is in Thurmont, Maryland, in Frederick County. Marker can be reached from Park Central Road. In Catoctin Mountain Park, along the Blue Blazes Trail (near the Visitors Center). Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Thurmont MD 21788, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Blue Blazes Still (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Blue Blazes Whiskey Trail (about 800 feet away); A Tradition of Conservation (about 800 Making Whiskey (approx. 0.3 miles away); Preparing the Hearth (approx. 0.6 miles away); Making Charcoal (approx. 0.7 miles away); Wood Hauler's Sled (approx. 0.7 miles away); Collier's Hut (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Thurmont.
Also see . . .
1. Chief Deputy Clyde L. Hauver. Officer Down Memorial Page. (Submitted on December 28, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.)
2. Blue Blazes Whiskey Still. NPS Catoctin Mountain Park website entry (Submitted on December 28, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.)
3. Moonshining in the Catoctin. by George Wireman, Emmittsburg Area Historical Society. (Submitted on December 28, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.)
Credits. This page was last revised on March 2, 2022. It was originally submitted on December 28, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 461 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on December 28, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.