The Road to Prosperity

The Road to Prosperity (HM243K)

Location: Ellicott City, MD 21043 Howard County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 16.13', W 76° 48.043'

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Ellicott's Mills

Ellicott City's Main Street, with its businesses, shops and dining establishments, reflects four centuries of prosperity built through hard work, innovation and the connection to economic opportunity. In 1771, the Patapsco River Valley was a "wild place" when it was settled by the Ellicott family. Brothers Andrew, Joseph and John chose the valley because it offered the balance of two things needed for a successful milling operation - water power and land fertile enough to grow wheat. As the milling business grew, the Ellicotts initiated their expansion through the building of a road west to Doughoregan Manor, home of Declaration of Independence signer, Charles Carroll, their partner in the wheat growing end of the business. In 1790, Jonathan Ellicott, son of Andrew, oversaw the extension of the road to Frederick, when it became the Frederick Turnpike. To move goods eastward, the Ellicotts funded and constructed a road to Baltimore's waterfront where they built a wharf on the property they owned. The successful completion of the system of roads from Frederick to Baltimore was instrumental in the 1806 Congressional decision to build the first federally-funded road west from Cumberland, Maryland with the purpose of connecting an east coast seaport to the Mississippi River.
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HM NumberHM243K
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Placed By 2006
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Date Added Tuesday, December 26th, 2017 at 7:03am PST -08:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 344659 N 4348155
Decimal Degrees39.26883333, -76.80071667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 16.13', W 76° 48.043'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 16' 7.7999999999999" N, 76° 48' 2.58" W
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Area Code(s)202, 410, 443, 301
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 8394 Main St, Ellicott City MD 21043, US
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