Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Assorted Maryland

Chesapeake Bay Bridge
Connecting Eastern and Western Shores of Maryland.  Completed in 1952 at a cost of $45,000,000, this magnificent structure represents the fruition of the dream of generations of Marylanders of a permanent bay crossing.  Length of suspension span - 2,922 feet.  Overall length - 7.727 miles, Roadway about 200 feet above water at highest point.

Scene in Baker Memorial Park, Frederick, Maryland.

Dunker Church
Sharpsburg, Maryland
The Dunker Church was erected in 1853 by the German Baptist Brethren.  During the battle of Antietam Sept. 17, 1862 the wounded of both armies sought and found sanctuary within its walls.  The church was seriously damaged by the fire of union batteries during the battles.  The building was repaired and worship resumed in the summer of 1864.  At this place some of the bitterest fighting of the war between the states took place.  It was the key to the Confederate defenses and changed hands several times.  It was used as a place of worship until May 1921 when it was severely damaged by a wind storm.  The church was rebuilt in 1961-62 by the National Park Service.

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