“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Grantsville in Garrett County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Keyser’s Ridge

Living with Extreme Weather

Keyser’s Ridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, August 26, 2006
1. Keyser’s Ridge Marker
Inscription. “I saw the wind blow so hard on Keyser’s Ridge, that it took six men to hold the hair on one man’s head.”

In the early days of the National Road, this stretch was often “snowed up” with drifts up to twenty feet deep. Stagecoaches and freight wagons were stopped here for days at a time. When they could travel, they sometimes left the blocked roadbeds and rolled across the nearby “skirting glades.”

Keyser’s Ridge is no place for the faint hearted. It tops a bald, bleak range, the last of three mountains west of Cumberland that are nearly 3,000 feet high. The weather here is extreme. Dense fog, howling winds, and deep snow tracks.

In spite of the treacherous winter weather, numerous inns were tucked into the eastern slope of the mountain. They have welcomed hardy travelers throughout the seasons since the early nineteenth century.
Erected by America's Byways.
Marker series. This marker is included in the The Historic National Road marker series.
Location. 39° 41.652′ N, 79° 14.798′ W. Marker is in Grantsville, Maryland, in Garrett County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of National Pike (Alternate U.S. 40)
Southeast View of Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, August 26, 2006
2. Southeast View of Marker
and National Freeway Exit 14 (Interstate 68), on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in the McDonalds Restaurant parking lot. Restaurant is at the intersection of I-68, Garrett Highway (U.S. 219 South), U.S 40, and U.S. Alternate 40. Marker is in this post office area: Grantsville MD 21536, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Negro Mountain (approx. 2.1 miles away); Bear Camp (approx. 2.7 miles away); National Road (approx. 3.7 miles away in Pennsylvania); Pennsylvania (approx. 3.7 miles away in Pennsylvania); General Braddock’s 5th Camp (approx. 3.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Grantsville.
Also see . . .  .pdf version of this marker. (Submitted on October 6, 2007, by Jakub Kaluzny of Rockville, Maryland.)
Categories. Natural FeaturesRoads & Vehicles
Marker at Restaurant image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, August 26, 2006
3. Marker at Restaurant
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 3, 2006, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 3,297 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 3, 2006, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
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