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Dean, David M. "Meshach Browning: Bear Hunter of Allegany County, 1781-1859." Maryland Historical Magazine 91 (Spring 1996): 73-83.
Annotation / Notes: Meshach Browning was the author of an autobiography, Forty-Four Years of the Life of a Hunter, that might more properly be seen as a tall tale wrapped around the framework of an actual life. Browning (1751-1859) inhabited the frontier in the westernmost part of Maryland that later became Garrett County. He claimed to have killed 400 bears in his career. For those attracted to the stories of Davy Crockett or Paul Bunyon, Meshach Browning's life offers entertaining reading.
Ware, Donna M. Green Glades & Sooty Gob Piles: The Maryland Coal Region's Industrial and Architectural Past. Crownsville, MD: Maryland Historical and Cultural Publications, 1991.
Annotation / Notes: Some 6,000 bridges, iron furnaces, log schoolhouses, company offices and stores, miner's houses, mill buildings, banks, churches, mansions, inns, resort cottages, and other structures associated with the extractive, manufacturing, and transportation industries of Garrett and western Allegany counties are surveyed and described here, with photographs, and contributions by Orlando Ridout, V, Geoffey B. Henry, and Mark R. Edwards. The largest project to date conducted by the Maryland Historical Trust is essential to an understanding of the unique remains of Maryland's historic resort area and coal and iron district.
Crawford, Joan B. "A Heritage Preserved: The Creative Traditions of Western Maryland." Maryland 25 (Summer 1993): 38-44.
Gude, Gilbert. Where the Potomac Begins: A History of the North Branch Valley. Cabin John, MD: Seven Locks, Press, 1984.
Annotation / Notes: A history of the coal communities of Kemptown, MD, and Elk Garden, WV. Nicely illustrated, including 1939 Farm Security Administration photos, by John Vachon, of the Kemptwon miners and their families.
Hattery, Thomas H., ed. Western Maryland : A Profile. Foreword by Charles McC. Mathias Jr. Mt. Airy, MD: Lomond Books, 1980.
Annotation / Notes: This work describes the Counties which make up Maryland's Sixth Congressional District. The chapters are written by individuals involved in current affairs. The focus is on politics, government, and the economic nature of the counties. There is a great deal of statistical information. Chapter VIII includes brief essays on the future of Western Maryland by notable Maryland Officials, such as Governor Hughes, the heads of various state agencies, and people of note in the counties.
McWilliams, Rita. "Great Elevations." Mid-Atlantic Country 13 (January 1992): 54-58, 63.
Annotation / Notes: A tourism piece, but one which offers good basic information on a number of western Maryland's geological landmarks -- Crystal Grottoes Caverns, Sideling Hill Road Cut, and The Devil's Racecourse.
Ware, Donna M. Green Glades & Sooty Gob Piles: The Maryland Coal Region's Industrial and Architectural Past. Crownsville, MD: Maryland Historical and Cultural Publications, 1991.
Annotation / Notes: The results of an architectural survey, it presents a useful overview of the coal region. Included is the history of settlement, the history of the industry, and an architectural history. The list of historic resources would be of use to anyone interested in the region.
Buckley, Geoffrey L. "The Environmental Transformation of an Appalachian Valley, 1850-1906." Geographical Review 88 (April 1998): 175-98.
Buckley, Geoffrey Littlefield. Tapping the Big Vein: Coal Mining and Environmental Alterations in Maryland's Appalachian Region, 1789-1906. Ph.D. diss., University of Maryland, College Park, 1997.
Laerm, Joshua, William Mark Ford, Daniel C. Weinland, and Michael A. Menzel. "First Records of the Pygmy Shrew, Sorex hoyi (Insectivora: Soricidae), in Western Maryland." Maryland Naturalist 38 (January/June 1994): 23-27.
Van Newkirk, Betty. "Theatres and Opera Houses in Western Maryland." Journal of the Alleghenies 27 (1991): 73-86.
Barquist, Rose, et al. A Source Book for Early Western Maryland History and Genealogy. Shippensburg, PA: Beidel Printing House, 1986.
Michael, Douglas O., comp., and ed. Western Maryland Materials in Allegany and Garrett County Libraries. Cumberland, MD: Allegany County Local History Program, 1977.
Munn, Robert F. The Coal Industry in America: A Bibliography and Guide to Sources. 2nd ed. Morgantown, WV: West Virginia University Library, 1977.
Annotation / Notes: Numerous references to Maryland.
Ray, Donald, ed. Western Maryland Materials in Allegany and Garrett County Libraries. Cumberland, MD: Allegany County Community College, 1987.
Crosby, Anthony E., Jr. "Rough-Riding in Western Maryland: Teddy Roosevelt on the Political Stump in 1899." Journal of the Alleghenies 28 (1992): 35-48.
Keatly, J. K. "From Maryland's Past: Lefty Grove." Maryland 19 (Summer 1987): 27.
Meyers, Francis J. "Wild Dreams and Harsh Realities: Lefty Grove and the Life of Organized Baseball in Allegany County, 1900-1939." Maryland Historical Magazine 87 (Summer 1992): 146-57.
Powell, Allan. "Roadsigns in Western Maryland and Pennsylvania." Journal of the Alleghenies 33 (1997): 51-72.
Powell, Allan. "Western Maryland Roadsigns-Present, Questionable and Missing." Journal of the Alleghenies 31 (1995): 3-20.
Powell, Allan. "Western Maryland Roadsigns-Present, Questionable and Missing, Part II." Journal of the Alleghenies 32 (1996): 35-59.
Beckman, Rev. I. Lynn. "Mountaintop Midwife." Glades Star 6 (September 1990): 444-47, 449-50.
Beckman, Rev. I. Lynn. "Sara Roberta Getty, 1881-1973: Newswoman and Author of Poems." Glades Star 9 (June 1999): 53-54, 58.
Beckman, I. Lynn, and Michael Keller, photog. "Home Delivery: Amy Mildred Sharpless, Mountaintop Midwife." Goldenseal 19 (1993): 55-60.