Near Hancock in Washington County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Sideling Hill Cut South Bench
Across the highway, you have a clue to the past. The slanting tan sandstone was the bed of a river which scoured out the curved place you see. The river meandered away and left a marshy area or lake which was filled with dark gray mud or claystone. This cut-off is called an oxbow or buried stream channel.
The Monocacy River south of Frederick is about the size of the river which made this channel.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Natural Features.
Location. Marker has been reported unreadable. 39° 43.14′ N, 78° 16.886′ W. Marker is near Hancock, Maryland, in Washington County. Marker is on the eastbound Sideling Hill Rest Area (Interstate 68 at milepost 75) west of Exit 77 (Maryland Route 144), on the right when traveling west. Marker can also be reached from the eastbound Rest Area by crossing the footbridge. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Hancock MD 21750, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within walking distance of this location. The Challenge of Sideling Hill (within shouting distance of this marker); The National Road (within shouting distance of this marker); Gettysburg Campaign (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Interstate 68 Maryland Vietnam Memorial (about 600 feet away); a different marker also named Gettysburg Campaign (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hancock.
More about this marker. This marker is approx 1297 feet above sea level.
Also see . . . Geology of the Sideling Hill Road Cut. 1989 pamphlet by David K. Brezinski for the Maryland Geological Survey. (Submitted on January 21, 2007.)
Credits. This page was last revised on July 14, 2020. It was originally submitted on January 21, 2007, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 2,331 times since then and 72 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on January 21, 2007, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. 2. submitted on July 14, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. 3. submitted on January 21, 2007, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. 4. submitted on October 24, 2007, by Jakub Kaluzny of Rockville, Maryland. 5. submitted on January 21, 2007, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.