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Stickpile Tunnel and Green Ridge

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The Western Maryland railway cut a tunnel through one of the mountains in the Paw Paw bends area to avoid one of the bends in the Potomac. The Stickpile Tunnel crossed Kasecamp Road near Green Ridge. A station at Green Ridge served the booming apple orchards created in the late 1800s; the land was later donated to create the Green Ridge state forest. More than 49,000 acres were converted to orchards by the Mertens family. However, the orchards did not produce the quality and quantity of apples expected; eventually, the town grew smaller. After the C&O Canal shut down, the town was abandoned.

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Maryland Department of Natural Resources
28700 Headquarters Drive NE
Flintstone MD 21530