Laurel: A Factory Town Bridging Two Counties

Laurel: A Factory Town Bridging Two Counties (HM1D8X)

Location: Laurel, MD 20707 Prince George's County
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N 39° 6.627', W 76° 51.433'

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Riverfront Park Heritage & Nature

Montpelier's Nicholas Snowden established an early Snowden family grist mill by 1811 at the fall line of the Patuxent River. A cotton mill was built and leased to a Mr. Johnson in 1824, and the site also may have included a saw mill.

After 1835 with the arrival of the railroad, Laurel was primed for growth. The Patuxent Company, chartered in 1836, significantly expanded the mills. Laurel's early mill owners were related. The Pautxent Company's original owners included Nicholas Snowden's son-in-law Horace Capron, Theodore Jenkins (who owned Montpelier Mansion) A.E. Hall, W.C. Shaw, Snowden's widow Elizabeth, and O.C. Tiffany, Capron's cousin. The Tiffany manufacturing family stayed involved into the 1870s.

Many mill workers likely came from outlying farms, and lived nearby across the river.

The bridge that connected Laurel and Howard County was the primary crossing between the two for more than 100 years. Known as the 9th Street Bridge it washed away in 1899, and was rebuilt. By the time Hurricane Agnes washed out the bridge again in 1972, the larger C. Phillip Nicholas bridge further downstream at Rt. 216 and 7th Street had become the main crossing, and the bridge was not rebuilt.
HM NumberHM1D8X
Placed ByCity of Laurel
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Date Added Thursday, September 4th, 2014 at 6:11pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 339424 N 4330675
Decimal Degrees39.11045000, -76.85721667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 6.627', W 76° 51.433'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 6' 37.62" N, 76° 51' 25.98" W
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Area Code(s)240, 301, 410
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1-99 9th St, Laurel MD 20707, US
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