Leo J. Beachy

Leo J. Beachy (HM2AG)

Location: Grantsville, MD 21536 Garrett County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 41.808', W 79° 9.36'

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Photographing the National Road

"My camera lens does not lie. It took just what it saw, no more, no less." -Leo Beachy

Leo J. Beachy (1874-1927) left us a special legacy. One of seven children raised on a farm named Mt. Nebo, he lived in these mountains all his life. He enjoyed drawing pictures and began his career as a teacher. At thirty-one, he found his real calling.

"What induced me to take up photography was that I wanted our home photographer to go to that old log school where I taught my first school and take some pictures of it and the great hills lying about it and the rocky Savage River. He never got the pictures for me."

For the next two decades, Beachy lovingly chronicled the mountains, the villages and the travelers who passed on the National Road. He was stricken with multiple sclerosis and, as he weakened, his sister Kate drove him and carried him to spots where he could work. Made on glass plates, there are 2500 of his distinctive photographs remaining, a priceless record of a lost era on the National Road.
HM NumberHM2AG
Series This marker is part of the The Historic National Road series
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Date Added Sunday, October 12th, 2014 at 6:55am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 658102 N 4395731
Decimal Degrees39.69680000, -79.15600000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 41.808', W 79° 9.36'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 41' 48.48" N, 79° 9' 21.60" W
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Area Code(s)301, 240
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 145-155 US-40 ALT, Grantsville MD 21536, US
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