Ferris Wheels and Freemason Gold – a History of Swallow Falls State Park

Swallow Falls State Park is one of the “crown jewels” of the MD State Park system (at least in my mind) and you kind of assume that since it’s such an amazing natural wonder that it has been protected for a long time, but really only became fully under state control in the past 80 years. It’s been an interesting path to get there, and there are some interesting side trails along the way. Did you know that:
-Muddy Creek Falls was once owned by the Freemasons? (is there secret gold behind the falls?)
-An electric train line – with amusement parks along the way – was planned to pass by Swallow Falls (and various other plans would have dammed the river and dried the falls)
You can see the narrated video here and download the slides here

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Explore and connect with where you live. Some mapping, history and community service organization stuff related to Garrett County, Deep Creek Lake and the surrounding area. I'm Chris - welcome to my online attic!

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