Monday, August 29, 2011

A View From Western Maryland


The Bell Tower Building


One of the often photographed structures in Cumberland is the Bell Tower Building. I have several photos of the building myself, but I just couldn’t help but take one more on this particular morning. I just loved the way the early morning sun was coming across the building along with the blue sky in the background.

As for the building itself, the following was taken from the National Park Service site called “All Aboard for Cumberland.

The Bell Tower Building was the first police headquarters and jail built in Cumberland. It remains substantially unchanged since its construction in the late 1880s when it was added to the public building complex surrounding City Hall. The Bell Tower Building is a two-story brick square building, with a rounded short roof featuring a small wooden bell tower at its center. Although the original bells of the tower are gone, this prominent feature inspired the building's name…

The Bell Tower Building served as the police headquarters until 1936, when they were moved to the 1902 U.S. Courthouse and Post Office. It remained vacant until 1941, when the Allegany County League for Crippled Children established a clinic here. Today, the Bell Tower Building houses the Allegany County Chamber of Commerce.

Almost anytime of the day, and from many angles, can one take interesting and colorful photos of this building. The only problem is, will you have a camera with you the next time you go by and you say, “That would make a great photo”. I sure hope you do.

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

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