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Frostburg in Allegany County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Blazing Braddock's Road

 
 
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1. Photo of this Marker is Missing
Placeholder pending photo of marker face.
Inscription. “We this day passed the ‘Aligany’ Mountain (Big Savage Mountain) which is a rocky ascent of more than two miles, in many places extremely steep…”

Captain Robert Orme, June 15, 1755

British General Edward Braddock led a 2,100-man army through this wild country in 1755. The troops intended to dislodge the French from the “Forks of the Ohio” (Pittsburgh) almost 100 miles away. They were blazing a new trail, forever known as “Braddock’s Road.”

As they crossed this formidable mountain about a mile south of here, Braddock’s aide, Captain Robert Orme, recorded the difficulties. “Its descent is very rugged and almost perpendicular; in passing which we entirely demolished three wagons and shattered several.” After Orme listed the passage of 2100 soldiers, 30 wagons, 400 horses, siege artillery and tons of supplies, General Braddock took a young George Washington’s advice. He soon created a “flying column,” shedding most of the cumbersome equipment and moving more quickly to his objective.

(Sidebar): Retracing General Braddock’s Route

More than 150 years after Braddock’s march to a disastrous defeat, John Kennedy Lacock, a Harvard Professor, led an expedition to retrace the original route of Braddock’s Road. Here, Lacock
Marker atop Savage Mountain image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Busta-Peck, September 22, 2007
2. Marker atop Savage Mountain
A former service station, built to serve motorists of another era, sits in the background.
and his colleagues rest near the summit of Big Savage Mountain. The old twelve-footwide road is clearly visible between them.
 
Erected by America's Byways.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Braddock’s Road and Maj. Gen. Edward Braddock, and the The Historic National Road marker series.
 
Location. Marker is missing. It was located near 39° 40.465′ N, 78° 57.739′ W. Marker was in Frostburg, Maryland, in Allegany County. Marker was on Historic National Road (Alternate U.S. 40), on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker was in this post office area: Frostburg MD 21532, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this location, measured as the crow flies. Historic Braddock Road (approx. 0.7 miles away); Savage River Camp (approx. 1.1 miles away); Frostburg (approx. 2.1 miles away); a different marker also named Frostburg (approx. 2.2 miles away); Frost Graves (approx. 2.2 miles away); The Naming of Frostburg (approx. 2.3 miles away); Cumberland and Pennsylvania Railroad Depot (approx. 2.4 miles away); a different marker also named Frostburg (approx. 2.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Frostburg.
 
More about this marker. A postcard is reproduced in the lower left
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By F. Robby, January 10, 2015
3. Missing Marker
Recreation of the 2007 Busta-Peck photo, albeit in winter, with no marker to be found.
showing "The Mountain Inn Hotel, later called Anton’s Big Savage Inn, served the National Highway travelers until it burned in the 1970s. Directly on top of the 2,850 foot summit, the Inn boasted the 'highest sleeping quarters on the National Highway east of the Mississippi.' Motorists on the mountain top were warned to “snub” not “drag” their brakes during the descent."

The sidebar contains an illustration of Lacock's group resting at Big Savage Mountain. The background of the marker is "National Road at Fairview Inn" which is the standard for markers in this series. An elevation diagram of the national road is displayed on the bottom of the marker's face.
 
Also see . . .  Blazing Braddock's Road. (PDF) Copy of the marker face. (Submitted on January 28, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. 20th CenturyRoads & VehiclesWar, French and Indian
 
View from Savage Mountain image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Busta-Peck, September 22, 2007
4. View from Savage Mountain
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 14, 2017. This page originally submitted on January 27, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio. This page has been viewed 3,080 times since then and 86 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on January 28, 2008.   2. submitted on January 27, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio.   3. submitted on January 14, 2015, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland.   4. submitted on January 27, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
 
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