Mount Airy, Maryland

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Mount Airy is a town in Carroll and Frederick counties in the U.S. state of Maryland.

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Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 3.8 square miles (9.8 km2), all land.

History

Mt. Airy was established in 1830 and continued to develop throughout the decade as a settlement of houses along Parr’s Ridge was constructed. The first house was built by a man named Henry Bussard. The town was known for its train station on the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad (B&O) at Parr’s Ridge. The town did not receive an official name until a later date when an Irish man who worked for the B&O suggested the name after freezing his cold ears at work one day.[citation needed] The railroad ran from Baltimore to Frederick, two popular towns to the east and west of Mt. Airy. Milling, canning and sewing industries helped support Mt. Airy’s economy.

The town’s proximity to the National Pike contributed to its growth. The National Pike was a road that ran from Baltimore west to Illinois. From the 1860s forward, Mt. Airy continued to grow as it became involved in the Civil War. Three great fires (1903, 1914, and 1925) caused setbacks in growth when they occurred, but the town rebuilt every time. By the 1890s, the town’s growth had increased significantly as three new churches were built (one Episcopal and two Methodist) along with a very important tunnel which helped with railroad transportation.

The Mount Airy Historic District (Mount Airy, Maryland) that includes the railroad station was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1984.

Currently, Mt. Airy is no longer economically dependent on the railroad, as citizens work a variety of different jobs. Mt. Airy hosts four annual events each year. These events include the Spring Fling in May, Flag Day in June, Festival on the Ridge in October, and Christmas in Olde Town in December. An all-volunteer staff of townspeople dedicates their time to work at each of these events. [1][2]

Demographics

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 6,425 people, 2,123 households, and 1,717 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,678.5 people per square mile (647.7/km²). There were 2,179 housing units at an average density of 569.3/sq mi (219.7/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 94.71% White, 2.58% African American, 0.23% Native American, 0.87% Asian, 0.25% from other races, and 1.35% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.34% of the population.

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