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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

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Olde North Cumberland

  


The following information about Olde North Cumberland is taken from a Wikipedia article about Cumberland, Md. Then make sure you read the last paragraph on why this area is special.
  • North End is a neighborhood in Cumberland bounded by Wills Creek to the south, Frederick Street to the East, and the city line on the west and north. Once known as "The Queen City", the neighborhood is a mix of residential, industrial, and commercial buildings. Some of the large industries found in this neighborhood include breweries, glass factories, and tanneries. These industries are now defunct, although many of the industrial buildings are still used for warehousing.
Most of the residential housing stock in North End was constructed to house industrial workers, and date from the middle and late 19th century. The housing stock is characterized by adjoining brick row houses and duplexes, set on small lots with narrow streets. As you move east to west through the neighborhood, the house lots become larger, the streets wider, and the housing stock more recent. Most of the commercial businesses in North End are located on Mechanic and Centre streets. Included among them are convenience stores, restaurants, car dealerships, and small boutiques.

However, this site has a personal special meaning to me. This area is at the intersection of Queen City Drive and North Centre Street. At this location, at one time, stood a three story building. On January 15, 1947, on the third floor of that building is where my parents were living when I came into this world. Now I was born in Miners Hospital in Frostburg, but I was brought here, to my first home, a three story walkup on North Centre Street in Cumberland, MD, next to the railroad tracks.

Yeah, this is where my world began and you are welcome to it…