Westernport, Maryland

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Westernport is a town in Allegany County, Maryland, United States, located along the Georges Creek Valley. It is part of the Cumberland, MD-WV Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 2,104 at the 2000 census.

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History

Westernport's first settlement is identified on a French military map dating from 1758. The map is currently on display at École Militaire in Paris. The settlement at that time had no name. By 1774, it was known as Hardscrabble because the rocky soil made planting difficult. Some time in the mid 1790s, the name was changed to Westernport, with the town being the western-most navigable port on the Potomac River. In the late 18th century and early to mid part of the 19th century, coal and timber was loaded onto flatboats where George's Creek empties into the Potomac, then floated down to near Great Falls, Virginia, where the goods were unloaded, the boats broken up to sell as lumber, and the operators walking back to Westernport. The town was incorporated in 1859.

Notable residents

  • Stephen Wheeler Downey, the "Father of the University of Wyoming", was born in Westernport in 1839. He became a trustee and eventual president of the University of Wyoming from 1891–97.

Nearby communities

Geography

Westernport is located at 39°29′12″N 79°2′36″W / 39.48667°N 79.04333°W / 39.48667; -79.04333 (39.486671, -79.043417)[1].

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