The Garrett County Historical Museum, Oakland, Maryland

John Cowgill: Stories of the Railroad

Garrett County in the U.S. state of Maryland is the westernmost county in the state. It is often overshadowed by the Chesapeake Bay region where the Star Spangled Banner, the world’s oldest operating airport, the first railroad in the nation, and many wars took place. Garrett County has its own share of history as well as natural areas to include the state’s highest point and the state’s only ski resort. In case you are wondering, the National Road, present day U.S. Route 40, does pass through the northern part of the county. The only interstate is Interstate 68 which goes between Hancock, Maryland and Morgantown, West Virginia. The only other major routes are U.S. Route 50 which crossed at the point of the panhandle and U.S. Route 219. On U.S. Route 219 is where you will find the town of Oakland, the county seat of Garrett County. It is here…

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