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

The Railroad Era and Hotels

 
 
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By Devry Becker Jones, May 24, 2019
1. The Railroad Era and Hotels Marker
Inscription.  The Confluence and Oakland Railroad (C&O) was completed between Confluence, PA and Friendsville. Upon completion, it was leased to the B&O Railroad for 99 years. In Confluence it connected with the B&O Baltimore, Pittsburgh and Chicago Railways.

In 1889, the train was welcomed with celebration and a new era was born with Friendsville becoming a chief business center and shipping point for timber and agricultural products. The railroad provided access to what was considered an "inexhaustable" timber resource and the booming lumber business of Garrett County. It was hoped the rail line would create a shortcut to the B&O Railroad in Oakland (which it never did). Mixed freight and passenger trains operated once a day to and from Confluence, PA. The large gauge train continued upriver to Kendall where it dropped empty cars, turned around and came back with oak barrels and lumber. From Kendall, the narrow guage rail extended into the extremely rugged middle gorge as far as Sang Run and Swallow Falls.

Hotels such as the Crawford Hotel (site of the Northern Garrett Rescue Squad), Central Hotel and Russell Friend's Youghiogheny Hotel
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By Devry Becker Jones, May 24, 2019
2. The Railroad Era and Hotels Marker
on Morris Avenue opened up and were used by visitors, business people and salesmen traveling to town selling wares not only to the town's businesses but also to the numerous stores in the outlying area.

The timber resources became surprisingly scarce in 1912. Lumber companies closed or switched to coal, which was mined upriver and also shipped out by train. On March 31, 1942 the last coal train, along with some passengers, left town and an era ended. Harry J. Black the station agent since 1890 closed up officially on April 9th. The tracks were removed around 1942 when the Yough Lake Dam was completed and the reservoir was filled in 1944.

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Crawford Hotel

Near the end of the railroad era in Friendsville, poles for mine supports where sold by local farmers and shipped almost daily.


(Marker Number 13.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad (B&O) marker series.
 
Location. 39° 39.769′ N, 79° 24.36′ W. Marker is in Friendsville, Maryland, in Garrett County. Marker is at the intersection of Chestnut Street and 1st Avenue, on the left when traveling north on Chestnut Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 320 Chestnut Street, Friendsville MD 21531, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this
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marker. Friendsville Honor Roll (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); First National Bank, Leslie Friend Store & Military Honors (about 300 feet away); The Unique Milling Company (about 400 feet away); Yough Motors, Confectionary and Bandstand (about 400 feet away); Morris Avenue and Maple Street (about 400 feet away); The Lost Settlement of Kendall (about 500 feet away); Friendsville School 1891-1924 (about 600 feet away); Friendsville Commerce, Custer's and Ryland's Stores (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Friendsville.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on May 25, 2019. This page originally submitted on May 25, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 38 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 25, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
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