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

The Oakland Hotel

 
 
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By Allen C. Browne, September 24, 2013
1. The Oakland Hotel Marker
Inscription. Early in the 1870's, the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad realized an asset to its passenger train service would be having a resort hotel in this area. First, it built the Deer Park Hotel in 1873, which proved so successful that in 1875 they started construction of the 300 room Oakland Hotel. The railroad chose land directly across the Little Youghiogheny River from the Oakland train station as a site for the new hotel. A short bridge spanned the river west of the station platform and supported a driveway through park-like lawns up to the front of the hotel.

In addition to the main building, there were auxiliary buildings of which one was a laundry for both the hotel and its guests.

Two large 250,000-gallon railroad water tanks, originally designed to supply water to steam locomotives, were situated on the crest of the hill behind the building to provide water for hotel use.

The Oakland Hotel was well advertised every season and many of the same patrons returned year after year to spend part of the summer.

One of the unique features of the hotel was the telegraph office in the hotel's lobby. The telegraph office had a line that connected it to the lobby of the Deer Park Hotel. although they only extended six miles, in the early 1890's the hotel -to-hotel wires were attached to telephones and became the
The Oakland Hotel Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, September 24, 2013
2. The Oakland Hotel Marker
first telephone line in Garrett County.

In 1900, due to dwindling patronage, the railroad sold the Oakland Hotel to a medical group for a proposed sanatorium. The venture was unsuccessful and hotel was torn down in 1909 for its lumber.

Only this stone "gas house," in front of you where artificial gas was generated for lights and cooking stoves during the hotel's early days, remains to document the existence of the 300 room Oakland Hotel.
 
Location. 39° 24.546′ N, 79° 24.64′ W. Marker is in Oakland, Maryland, in Garrett County. Marker can be reached from Oak Street. Touch for map. Along the Town Trail just south of 20 Oak Street, The Garrett County Lighthouse, Inc. Marker is in this post office area: Oakland MD 21550, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Garrett County Courthouse (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); MaryLandscapes (about 300 feet away); Railroad Street (about 600 feet away); The Glades Hotel (about 600 feet away); 1884 Oakland Train Station (about 700 feet away); Gettysburg Campaign (about 700 feet away); Garrett Memorial Church (about 700 feet away); Oakland (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Oakland.
 
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The Oakland Hotel image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, September 24, 2013
3. The Oakland Hotel
Close-up of photo on marker
Inset of Gas House image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, September 24, 2013
4. Inset of Gas House
Close-up of photo on marker
The Gas House image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, September 24, 2013
5. The Gas House
This building looks like the Deer Park Hotel Gas House now at at the Oakland Historical Society Museum.
Close-up of photo on marker
The Oakland Hotel image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, September 24, 2013
6. The Oakland Hotel
Close-up of photo on marker
The Gas House image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, September 24, 2013
7. The Gas House
The Gas House image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, September 24, 2013
8. The Gas House
Gas Pipes<br>Inside the Gas House image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, September 24, 2013
9. Gas Pipes
Inside the Gas House
Inside the Gas House image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, September 24, 2013
10. Inside the Gas House
Site of the Oakland Hotel image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, September 23, 2013
11. Site of the Oakland Hotel
Built in 1875 by B&O Railroad as a copy of the Deer Park Hotel. Closed in 1907, Razed 1911.Garrett Co. Historical Society
Sign across from 20 Oak Street
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 29, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 353 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11. submitted on September 29, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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