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BARTON, MD

Barton was founded in 1853 to provide housing for local coal miners. Although Barton most certainly was a coal mining community, it was never a privately owned company town, and there were several stores in a small commercial district. In 1918 Barton was incorporated.


The post office and a historic coal miner's home in Barton, with a reclaimed strip mine high on the mountain in the background. (July 2003 image by author)


Detail of the miner's home in Barton. The structure could be old enough to predate the Civil War. (July 2003 image by author)


Coal stockpile and a very simple coal loading facility at Barton. A front end loader was on site to load coal into the trains. This facilty was probably still in use at the time of this photo. Part of the coal pile was smoldering when I took this photo. (July 2003 image by author)


Good streetscape photo taken in Barton. (Oct. 1981 image by David Dorsey, Maryland State Archives)

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