Keyser's Ridge

Keyser's Ridge (HM2VF)

Location: Grantsville, MD 21536 Garrett County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 41.652', W 79° 14.798'

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Living with Extreme Weather

"I saw the wind blow so hard on Keyser's Ridge, that it took six men to hold the hair on one man's head."

In the early days of the National Road, this stretch was often "snowed up" with drifts up to twenty feet deep. Stagecoaches and freight wagons were stopped here for days at a time. When they could travel, they sometimes left the blocked roadbeds and rolled across the nearby "skirting glades."

Keyser's Ridge is no place for the faint hearted. It tops a bald, bleak range, the last of three mountains west of Cumberland that are nearly 3,000 feet high. The weather here is extreme. Dense fog, howling winds, and deep snow tracks.

In spite of the treacherous winter weather, numerous inns were tucked into the eastern slope of the mountain. They have welcomed hardy travelers throughout the seasons since the early nineteenth century.
HM NumberHM2VF
Series This marker is part of the The Historic National Road series
Placed ByAmerica's Byways
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 at 4:58pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 650336 N 4395286
Decimal Degrees39.69420000, -79.24663333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 41.652', W 79° 14.798'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 41' 39.12" N, 79° 14' 47.88" W
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Area Code(s)301, 240
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 4246 National Pike, Grantsville MD 21536, US
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