Western Maryland Rail TrailThe Round Top Sand Company and the Maryland Glass Company mined sand in this area during the early 1900's. On the ridge overlooking this area lies a thick bed of Oriskany Sandstone. This sedimentary rock formation yielded a fine, white sand that was suitable for glass manufacture. A unique structure was designed and built in 1919 to move sand that was mined on the ridge to the Western Maryland Railway, 60 feet below. This structure, including two 6" diameter pipes, was supported by a cable system. A slurry of sand and water was pumped through the pipes into a large storage tank. The sand was then transferred from the storage tank onto railroad cars located on a siding track.
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|Placed By||Western Maryland Rail Trail|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Tuesday, July 26th, 2016 at 9:02am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||17S E 737576 N 4395539|
|Decimal Degrees||39.67666667, -78.22998333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 39° 40.6', W 78° 13.799'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||39° 40' 36" N, 78° 13' 47.94" W|
|Driving Directions||Google Maps|
|Area Code(s)||301, 240|
|Which side of the road?||Marker is on the right when traveling South|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near Western Maryland Rail Trail, Hancock MD 21750, US|
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