Tuesday, April 13, 2010

A View From Western Maryland

A Scene From A Roof Top

On a rainy day in April, this was a scene from the roof of the building where I work. The main building that we see housed the First Federal Courthouse and Post Office of Allegany County and the smaller red building to the right is the Bell Tower building.

The U.S. Courthouse and Post Office was built in the early 1900's, and the Bell Tower building, which housed the first Police Headquarters and Jail, was built in the late 1880's. In 1934 the city of Cumberland purchased the Post Office building from the Federal Government and moved the police department to that building.

The larger building is presently vacant and up for sale, and the Bell Tower building houses the Allegany Chamber of Commerce. Both buildings are listed on the National Register of Historical Places.

The photo was taken with a DSLR and an 18 - 105 lens. ISO was set at 200 and exposed at 1/160 sec @f/5.6. In Photoshop Elements I slightly cropped the image and adjusted levels for best color. I then resized the image for web viewing and finished it off with a smidgen of sharpening.

Even from roof tops history can be seen, and no matter where you go in Cumberland or in Allegany County you can find something of a historical nature.

Yeah, this is another view from my world in Western Maryland, and you are welcome to it.

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