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

Railroad Street

 
 
Railroad Street Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, September 22, 2013
1. Railroad Street Marker
Inscription. In the late 1800's there were twelve passenger trains a day stopping at the Oakland train station, and hordes of vacationers flooding the town. Perhaps the busiest section of Oakland was Railroad Street, which ran parallel to the tracks between the depot and the railroad crossing. On the opposite side of the tracks from the station were two large hotels, the Oakland Hotel (Built by the B&O Railroad Company), and the Glades Hotel. a broad boardwalk ran along both sides of the tracks, with numerous businesses stretching along the depot side. Among the businesses which were known to exist from time to time along this street, between the 1870's and the 1920's were the following (starting at the depot and leading toward the crossing):

In the 1880's Mr J.M. Litzinger operated a confectionery and Music Store next to the depot, selling all kinds of musical instruments, including pianos and organs. In the 1890's this building was converted into the Schley Hotel. Inside the hotel was the Railroad Street Restaurant and R. S. Jamison's Eureka Saloon. In 1906 the Schley Hotel was purchased by Edward Frantz and renamed the Hotel Franz.

Proceeding down the tracks there was the G.W. Delawder meat market and Charles Newman's confectionery/newsstand. In the 1890's this building housed Martin's lunch room, advertising a free lunch every
Railroad Street Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, September 22, 2013
2. Railroad Street Marker
Saturday between 12:00 and 1:30. By 1900 is was the side of Clyde Liller's Barber Shop, and a restaurant/ice cream parlor.

Further south was Henry Felty's green grocery, John Robinson's dental office, and J. D. Taggart's confectionery. The original Hinebaugh's Restaurant was located in the Felty Building. At the point where Wilson's Creek flows under the railroad track there was a small building set on posts above the creek, containing a Barber Shop, and later a Cobbler's Shop.

Near the center of Railroad Street was the impressive "Offutt's Big Store", which could be entered both from Railroad Street and Second Street. Further south, where the stone chimney now stands, was J. J. Reynold's Café and Saloon, later named Oakland Saloon and Pool Hall.

Nearing the railroad crossing a pedestrian would find a drug store, known successively as Casteel's Drug Store, Myer's Drug Store and the Oakland Pharmacy (operated by Joseph Harned). Closer to the crossing was William Malette's green grocery store and F. G. Hyde's Jewelry store.

With the advent of the automobile and diminishing of the railroad passenger traffic, the businesses along the railroad were ultimately dissolved, the boardwalks were torn up, and Railroad Street faded into history.
 
Location. 39° 24.58′ N, 79° 24.525′ 
The Glades Hotel image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, September 22, 2013
3. The Glades Hotel
Close-up of photo on marker
W. Marker is in Oakland, Maryland, in Garrett County. Marker can be reached from Liberty Street. Touch for map. The marker is in the parking lot between the train station and 125 E. Liberty Street. 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. The Glades Hotel (a few steps from this marker); Garrett Memorial Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Gettysburg Campaign (within shouting distance of this marker); 1884 Oakland Train Station (within shouting distance of this marker); Welcome to Dailey’s Park (within shouting distance of this marker); Oakland (within shouting distance of this marker); MaryLandscapes (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); A Bit of History - The Fireside (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Oakland.
 
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Railroad Street image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, September 22, 2013
4. Railroad Street
Close-up of photo on marker
Offutt's Big Store image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, December 29, 2011
5. Offutt's Big Store
Offutt's Big Store and The Fireside Chimney image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, September 23, 2013
6. Offutt's Big Store and The Fireside Chimney
Architectural Detail image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, September 23, 2013
7. Architectural Detail
A Corinthian capital on a brick pilaster on the back (Railroad Street) side of Offutt's Store.
The Depot<br>Oakland image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, September 23, 2013
8. The Depot
Oakland
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 1, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 336 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on October 1, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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