Welcome to my hometown nestled in the beautiful Appalachian mountains!
It is my pleasure to introduce you to Cumberland, Maryland…otherwise known as “The Queen City.”
Cumberland, Maryland is named after the son of King George II, Prince William, the Duke of Cumberland. It is built on the site of the old Fort Cumberland, the starting point for British General Edward Braddock’s ill-fated attack on the French strong-hold of Fort Duquesne (located on the site of present-day Pittsburgh) during the French and Indian War.
Cumberland was also an outpost of Colonel George Washington during the French and Indian War and his first military headquarters was built here. Washington later returned to Cumberland as President in 1794 to review troops that had been assembled to thwart the Whiskey Rebellion.
Cumberland was a key road, railroad and canal junction during the 1800s and at one time the second largest city in Maryland (second to the port city of Baltimore—hence its nickname “The Queen City”).
The surrounding hillsides provided coal, iron ore, and timber that helped supply the Industrial Revolution. In addition, the city was a major manufacturing center, with industries in glass, breweries, fabrics, and tinplate
For generations an American Indian village, then a western outpost of roughshod cabins established by European Americans, Cumberland eventually became a stop for many in the push west. In this role, the city grew into a transportation hub, first as the starting point of the first National Road – now known as Route 40, or National Highway – and then as home to numerous railroads and the western terminus of the famous C&O Canal.
(our city’s vital signs)
People Who Wouldn’t Live Anywhere Else: 21,518
Miles to the Maddening Crowd:
130 miles to Baltimore
130 miles to Washington, DC
100 miles to Pittsburgh, Pa.
We Love the Mountains:
an average 945 feet above sea level, give or take several hundred feet, depending upon where you stand
Why We’re Green and Gorgeous:
average annual rainfall of 36.5 inches
Lots of Snow Bunnies Here:
average annual snowfall of 34.1 inches
(though this year we had that much snow in ONE day!)
We’re Cool in August:
average summer temperature 72.6 degrees Fahrenheit
(we reached 90 degrees today!)
average winter temperature 32.8 degrees Fahrenheit
(taken from http://www.ci.cumberland.md.us/new_site/index.php/contents/view/20)
I was born here in 1974 and I have never ever wanted to move. I am considered a “townie” and do not consider that a derogatory term at all! I love my town…so full of picturesque landmarks, so much vibrant history, so many warm and inviting people…I am more than happy to raise my little family here in the hills of Western Maryland!
I mean, just look at some of the beauty I can view each and every day!
As a photographer I am constantly inspired by my surroundings and as someone that has to travel, quite frequently, to Baltimore for medical treatement for my youngest, I am keenly appreciative of the small-town “pace” that I live here in Cumberland.
I hope that my photos have shown you some of the true beauty of the Queen City.
I am happy to have “met” you through Blogtrotting today and invite you to grab a cup of coffee and browse through my blog.
Here are a few of my favorite posts if you have some time to do some reading…
A fun post about “nothing” really… just some random thoughts
This post was for Rare Diseases Day and explains the medical disorder that my 22-month old lives with
I take a lot of photos…a lot…and sometimes I make up short little stories to go with the pictures
and finally, this strange (and kind of creepy) thing happened recently. It is one of those “you have to read it, to believe it” kind of stories and it is 100% true
I hope that you enjoyed the time you spent on Mooney=mc2 today. It was an honor to share my town with you and hope that if you ever have a chance to visit you will let me know so that we can talk about the best places to eat, sleep and play! We townies know all of the best spots *wink*
If you would like further information about Cumberland, please visit our local tourism site here!
On your way out, if you are so obliged, I would love to direct you towards another local photographer/blogger who shares my love for this town and lovingly shares his talent on his blog for the world to admire. Mr. Glenn Riffey would love for you to stop by and say “hello!” Tell him that Mindy sent ya!
all facts gathered for this post were taken from the following locations…