The Maryland Mine Historical

The Maryland Mine Historical (HM1Y1U)

Location: Potomac, MD 20854 Montgomery County
Country: United States of America

N 38° 59.679', W 77° 13.95'

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The building in front of you was a processing mill, where gold was extracted from quartz. The quartz was dug in the Maryland Mine, one of over 30 mines that once dotted the landscape here.

During the Civil War a Union soldier assigned to guard the Great Falls area discovered gold in the quartz rocks in the surrounding hills. After the war, he returned and purchased land from local farmers and began prospecting for gold. While the former soldier and his partners are only known to have found 11 ounces of the precious metal, their find inspired hundreds of men to continue to hunt. Gold fever, dreams of wealth and a better life, caused men to risk everything in search of the elusive ore.

Hoping to succeed where others failed, the Maryland Mine began operations here in 1890 and ran intermittently until 1940.
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Date Added Friday, April 28th, 2017 at 9:01am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 306659 N 4318553
Decimal Degrees38.99465000, -77.23250000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 59.679', W 77° 13.95'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 59' 40.74" N, 77° 13' 57" W
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Area Code(s)240, 301
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 11400-11798 MacArthur Blvd, Potomac MD 20854, US
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