Parrsville & Ridgeville

Parrsville & Ridgeville (HM2Q1)

Location: Mt Airy, MD 21771 Carroll County
Country: United States of America

N 39° 21.87', W 77° 9.668'

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Two Towns at the Four Corners

Here at Milestone 31, about 130 feet southeast of its original location, the Baltimore and Frederick-Town Turnpike created two towns as it moved west. Both Parrsville and Ridgeville are now a part of Mount Airy.

Parrsville, to the east, was named for a nearby spring that creates the headwaters of the Patapsco River, flowing east into Baltimore Harbor. Parr's Spring, an important landmark for early surveyors, is the point of four corners between Carroll, Montgomery, Howard and Frederick Counties.

Just west, Ridgeville is located on an 830-foot tall ridge, the highest point on the National Pike between Baltimore and Braddock Heights. Traveling over this ridge after 1831, the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad hitched up horses to pull cars up two inclines on the east side. Brakemen would guide the train rolling down two more inclines on the west side. After a tunnel was constructed in 1901, travel by rail eclipsed travel by road.
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HM NumberHM2Q1
Series This marker is part of the The Historic National Road series
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Placed ByAmerica's Byways
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, October 15th, 2014 at 6:37pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 313818 N 4359454
Decimal Degrees39.36450000, -77.16113333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 21.87', W 77° 9.668'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 21' 52.20" N, 77° 9' 40.08" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)301, 443, 410, 240
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 402 E Ridgeville Blvd, Mt Airy MD 21771, US
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