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Near Hancock in Washington County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Sideling Hill Cut South Bench

 
 
Sideling Hill Cut South Bench Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, August 13, 2006
1. Sideling Hill Cut South Bench Marker
Inscription. Across the highway, you have a clue to the past. The slanting tan sandstone was the bed of a river which scoured out the curved place you see. The river meandered away and left a marshy area or lake which was filled with dark gray mud or claystone. This cut-off is called an oxbow or buried stream channel.

The Monocacy River south of Frederick is about the size of the river which made this channel.
 
Location. 39° 43.14′ N, 78° 16.886′ W. Marker is near Hancock, Maryland, in Washington County. Marker is on the eastbound Sideling Hill Rest Area (Interstate 68 at milepost 75) west of Exit 77 (Maryland Route 144), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker can also be reached from the eastbound Rest Area by crossing the footbridge. Marker is in this post office area: Hancock MD 21750, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Sideling Hill and Town Hill Mountains (within shouting distance of this marker); Sideling Hill Cut North Bench (within shouting distance
Sideling Hill Cut South Bench image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, August 13, 2006
2. Sideling Hill Cut South Bench
of this marker); The National Road (within shouting distance of this marker); The Challenge of Sideling Hill (within shouting distance of this marker); Gettysburg Campaign (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hancock.
 
More about this marker. This marker is approx 1297 feet above sea level.
 
Also see . . .  Geology of the Sideling Hill Road Cut. 1989 pamphlet by David K. Brezinski for the Maryland Geological Survey. (Submitted on January 21, 2007.) 
 
Categories. Natural Features
 
Sideling Hill Cut South Bench image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, August 13, 2006
3. Sideling Hill Cut South Bench
Sideling Hill Cut South Bench image. Click for full size.
By Jakub Kaluzny, October 9, 2007
4. Sideling Hill Cut South Bench
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 21, 2007, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,151 times since then and 51 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 21, 2007, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.   4. submitted on October 24, 2007, by Jakub Kaluzny of Rockville, Maryland.
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