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Hagerstown in Washington County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

West Baltimore Street

 
 
West Baltimore Street Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, August 22, 2017
1. West Baltimore Street Marker
Inscription. The development and use of this area was heavily influenced by the presence of two rail yard areas owned by the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad and the Western Maryland Railroad. Hood Street was named after John Mifflin Hood, a former Confederate army engineer and President of the Western Maryland Railroad.

Since the closing of rail service in this area in the later half of the 20th Century, the West Baltimore Street area, which always had an industrial character, began to see a revitalization with the construction of residential developments by the Hagerstown Housing Authority. In the 1960s, this site was occupied by the H.L. Mills filling station. The control building featured a cupola on the roof.

"Potomac Towers" was completed by the Housing Authority Board in 1972. The C. Williams Brooks mid-rise development was dedicated in 2011. It was named in honor of T. Andrew Williams and his granddaughter, Carolyn Williams Brooks.

Mr. Williams served on the Board of Commissioners of the Housing Authority Board from 1975 until his death in 1989. Ms. Brooks was appointed to the Housing Authority Board in 1990 and began serving as chairperson in 1992.

The cupola you see before you, now used as a centerpiece of this open space area, is the same cupola that stood for many years on the roof of the Mills
West Baltimore Street Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, August 22, 2017
2. West Baltimore Street Marker
building. This building was demolished in 2010.
 
Location. 39° 38.367′ N, 77° 43.458′ W. Marker is in Hagerstown, Maryland, in Washington County. Marker is at the intersection of West Baltimore Street, on the right when traveling east on West Baltimore Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 45 West Baltimore Street, Hagerstown MD 21740, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Milling (within shouting distance of this marker); Elliott-Bester House (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Retreat from Gettysburg (about 700 feet away); St. John's Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Jonathan Hager House (approx. mile away); The Last Confederate Incursion North of the Potomac River (approx. mile away); Bench Mark "A" (approx. mile away); A City Divided (approx. mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hagerstown.
 
Categories. Notable Places
 
T. Andrew Williams and Carolyn Williams Brooks image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, August 22, 2017
3. T. Andrew Williams and Carolyn Williams Brooks
Close-up of photos on marker
H.L. Hills fueling station image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, August 22, 2017
4. H.L. Hills fueling station
as it appeared upon its opening in 1961.
Close-up of photo on marker
The Cupola of the H. L. Mills building image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, August 22, 2017
5. The Cupola of the H. L. Mills building
Eagle Weather Vane image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, August 22, 2017
6. Eagle Weather Vane
Potomac Towers image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, August 22, 2017
7. Potomac Towers
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 21, 2017. This page originally submitted on September 7, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 55 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on September 7, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   7. submitted on September 8, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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