National Geographic : 1948 Aug
NNSYLVANIA SHaerstown------ - ^^^Tffiyrow Middeburg Chesapeake andOhioCanal . Highways Railroads S5 10 i STATUTEMILES Potomac's second city, we entered the back water of another dam which bottled up the pollution and ruined the otherwise pretty and extensive water front. The city now turns its back on the river to which it owes its origin.* We paddled in silence and possibly unseen across the basin to the center of town. At the point where Wills Creek joins the main stream we landed and climbed a grass-grown bank into Riverside Park. While the others walked uptown to tele graph home, I strolled about on this point of land, perhaps the most historic spot of the upper Potomac. Many an early-day great man came this way. Indian Will, Cumberland's first settler, gave his name to the creek and to the mountain through which it cuts to make a route to the West. Thomas Cresap, Indian trader and gifted Maryland frontiersman, built a road * See, in the NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE: "A Maryland Pilgrimage," by Gilbert Grosvenor, Feb ruary, 1927; and "Maryland Presents - ," byW. Robert Moore, April, 1941.