Poplar Springs

Poplar Springs (HM2SA)

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

N 39° 20.74', W 77° 6.376'

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"From Drovers to Drivers"

In the early 1800s, as settlers spread west from the Chesapeake Bay, the farming community of Poplar Springs grew up around the Baltimore and Frederick-Town Turnpike, part of the system of roads making up the National Road. An endless parade of drovers and teamsters were just a two-day ride from Baltimore, known at that time as the "Monument City." They were driving their geese, sheep, cattle, pigs and freight wagons east and west, to and from the busy port on "a smooth way."

Catering to new generations traveling in automobiles, the Poplar Springs tourist facility was built in 1920. Travel writer Robert Bruce noted in 1916 that "Now andthen we pass an old, low, square signpost "_M to Baltimore," the figures and letters often difficult to decipher at speed. Prosperous farms line both sides of the road...most of the houses are painted white...This seems to be a fashion throughout Central Maryland... and adds to the attractiveness of the country in spring and summer."
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HM NumberHM2SA
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 Saturday, September 13th, 2014 at 6:58pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 318497 N 4357252
Decimal Degrees39.34566667, -77.10626667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 20.74', W 77° 6.376'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 20' 44.40" N, 77° 6' 22.56" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)301, 443, 410, 240
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 17004 Frederick Rd, Mt Airy MD 21771, US
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