Laurel in Prince George's County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Laurel: A Factory Town Bridging Two Counties
Riverfront Park Heritage & Nature
After 1835 with the arrival of the railroad, Laurel was primed for growth. The Patuxent Company, chartered in 1836, significantly expanded the mills. Laurel's early mill owners were related. The Pautxent Company's original owners included Nicholas Snowden's son-in-law Horace Capron, Theodore Jenkins (who owned Montpelier Mansion) A.E. Hall, W.C. Shaw, Snowden's widow Elizabeth, and O.C. Tiffany, Capron's cousin. The Tiffany manufacturing family stayed involved into the 1870s.
Many mill workers likely came from outlying farms, and lived nearby across the river.
The bridge that connected Laurel and Howard County was the primary crossing between the two for more than 100 years. Known as the 9th Street Bridge it washed away in 1899, and was rebuilt. By the time Hurricane Agnes washed out the bridge again in 1972, the larger C. Phillip Nicholas bridge further downstream at Rt. 216 and 7th Street had become the main crossing, and the bridge was not rebuilt.
Erected by City of Laurel.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is at the North end of 9th street, just south of the Patuxent River. Marker is in this post office area: Laurel MD 20707, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Casula Point (here, next to this marker); Laurel Factory: A Mill Town (within shouting distance of this marker); Laurel Harnessed the River to Power the Cotton Mill (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Laurel Cotton Mill and Dam (about 300 feet away); Laurel Factory: (about 300 feet away); Water From the Dam Powered the Cotton Mill (about 600 feet away); Methodism in Laurel (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Old Stone Methodist Church (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Laurel.
Also see . . .
1. History of Laurel (Laurel Historical Society's website). (Submitted on March 3, 2014, by A. Taylor of Laurel, Maryland.)
2. History of Laurel (City of Laurel's website). (Submitted on March 3, 2014, by A. Taylor of Laurel, Maryland.)
Categories. • Industry & Commerce • Settlements & Settlers • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 3, 2014, by A. Taylor of Laurel, Maryland. This page has been viewed 389 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 3, 2014, by A. Taylor of Laurel, Maryland. 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on November 20, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.