Ghost Towns of Maryland

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Altamont

County: Garrett
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Latitude / Longitude: 39°25′39″N 79°16′55″W / 39.42750°N 79.28194°W / 39.42750 -79.28194
Elevation: 2,633 ft (803 m)
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Comments: Altamont is an unincorporated community in Garrett County, Maryland, United States.
Remains: Altamont sits on the Eastern Continental Divide between the watershed of Crabtree Creek, which flows into the Savage River and eventually into the Atlantic Ocean, and the watershed of the Little Youghiogheny River, which flows into the Youghiogheny River and eventually into the Gulf of Mexico.
Current Status: Altamont is notable as the spot at which the B&O Railroad crossed the divide. Today, that same spot is crossed by CSX’s Mountain Subdivision. Altamont also features the intersection of Maryland Route 135 (MD 135) and MD 495.
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Blooming Rose

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Latitude / Longitude: 38° 58′ 27 N, 76° 19′ 45 W
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Comments: Broad Creek was a town on western Kent Island, Maryland that existed from the 17th century to the 19th century.
Remains: The town once served as the eastern terminus of a trans-Chesapeake Bay ferry line that was part of an early route between Annapolis and Philadelphia.
Current Status: Today, the area once occupied by Broad Creek is widely considered part of Stevensville. All that remains of the town today is the Broad Creek Cemetery and Christ Church, which are being restored.
Remarks: In the mid 19th century, with the rise of steamboat travel, much of Kent Island’s activity shifted to the towns of Stevensville, Chester, and Dominion, and in 1880, Christ Church, the main congregation on the island, moved to Stevensville, cementing the new town’s position as Kent Island’s main center of activity.

Daniels

County: Baltimore
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Latitude / Longitude: 39° 19′ 0 N, 76° 48′ 59 W
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Established: 1810
Disestablished: Destroyed by tropical storm Agnes 1972
Comments: Daniels is a ghost town straddling the Patapsco River east of Woodstock and north of Old Ellicott City in Baltimore County and Howard County, Maryland, United States.
Remains: It is the location of the Daniels Mill, a site listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is the home town of former Howard County Executive and State Senator James N. Robey. A postal office operated in the community from 1 March 1943 to 31 August 1971.
Current Status: The original settlement that would become the town of Daniels formed in 1810 when the family of Thomas Ely came to the area and built a textile mill. The community around the mill was known as Elysville. In 1853 the town was purchased by the family of James S. Gary and renamed to Alberton in honor of James’s son Albert. The factory remained with the Gary family until 1940 when the Daniels Company bought the town and changed its name to Daniels. By the late 1960s, approximately 90 families lived in Daniels. In 1968, the town’s owner, the C.R. Daniels Company, gave notice to the remaining residents that it would close all housing within a few years. In June 1972, tropical storm Agnes rolled through the Patapsco River Valley and destroyed most of the remaining empty buildings in Daniels.
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Davis

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Frankville

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Kempton

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Lapidum

County: Harford
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Latitude / Longitude: 39° 35′ 52 N, 76° 7′ 44 W
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Established: 1665
Disestablished: Last active building torn down 1960s
Comments: Lapidum is a ghost town in Harford County, Maryland, USA, located at the head of navigation of the Susquehanna River on the west bank across from Port Deposit.
Remains: Lapidum traces its history to the granting of early land patents for the tracts known as “Eightrapp” (1665), “Faton” (1679) and “Land of Promise” (1684). As settlers transformed the surrounding land from forest to farmland the area grew in importance as a commercial center. Fields of corn and tobacco were grown on land near the river, and an important fishing industry also developed, based on the runs of shad and herring.
Current Status: By 1900, the sources of Lapidum’s commerce and prosperity were lost to railroad competition. Ice accumulations (referred to locally as “ice gorges”) eventually destroyed the warehouses and wharves. The hotel continued as a fishing lodge and men’s club until the 1960s, when it was torn down. The land is currently part of Susquehanna State Park in Maryland.
Remarks: A three-story Victorian building, the Susquehanna Hotel, was built here by Conrad Baker in 1868. It was constructed of stone, brick and framed with lumber, and included several large porches. Other buildings included a church, a mill, a Masonic hall, a school, and numerous houses, stores and warehouses as well as wharves to serve the trade from goods being brought down the Susquehanna River or by road from the adjacent countryside to be loaded onto ships.

Selbysport

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Latitude / Longitude: 39° 41′ 11 N, 79° 22′ 49 W
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Comments: Selbysport is an unincorporated community in Garrett County, Maryland, United States.
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Current Status: Mercy Chapel at Mill Run was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984.
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Sinepuxent

County: Worcester
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Latitude / Longitude: 38° 18′ 47 N, 75° 9′ 7 W
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Comments: Sinepuxent or Sinepuxent Town was a village in Worcester County, Maryland, located on Sinepuxent Neck across Sinepuxent Bay from the barrier island of Assateague.
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Current Status: The village was destroyed by a hurricane in 1818 and never rebuilt. Its location arose in large part from its convenience to ocean-going ships: an inlet—Sinepuxent Inlet—allowed access through Assateague Island from the Atlantic Ocean to Sinepuxent Bay, until it was closed by the same hurricane that destroyed the village.
Remarks: Sinepuxent was the birthplace of U.S. Navy officer Stephen Decatur in 1779.

Skipnish

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Thomas

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Vindex

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Comments: Wagner’s Point is an industrial area in Baltimore, Maryland.
Remains: The name of the area comes from the Martin Wagner Company, which operated a beef packing plant there before the property was acquired by the Baltimore City government. The Martin Wagner plant was destroyed by a fire in 1913. The City of Baltimore operates its Patapsco Waste Water Treatment Plant on the former Martin Wagner site.
Current Status: Until the late 1990s Wagner’s Point included a residential community which was relocated by the City due to environmental concerns. Negotiations with the final 270 residents of Wagner’s Point over the city’s buyout was bitterly disputed. Representatives of the residents walked out of the third negotiation session on September 17, 1998. Houses of the former residents were demolished after the city’s buyout of the properties.
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Wallman

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Wilson

County: Calvert
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Latitude / Longitude: 38°44′15″N 76°37′34″W / 38.73750°N 76.62611°W / 38.73750
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Comments: Wilson is a ghost town in Calvert County, Maryland, United States. Wilson was located in northern Calvert County along what is now Maryland Route 260, 2.15 miles (3.46 km) northeast of Dunkirk. Wilson appeared on USGS maps as late as 1901.
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