|James (left) and Tom (right) on the bridge to Ellicott City|
FIRST STOP: HISTORIC ELLICOTT CITY, MARYLAND
|B&O Railroad Bridge With a welcome to Ellicott City|
ORIGINS OF THE TOWN - Settlement at Ellicott Mills - 1771 (Source: http://www.ellicottcity.net/tourism/history/)
Joseph, Andrew and John Ellicott were Quakers who had grown up in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. As the boys grew they were apprenticed to learn the trades that led to their later success in Maryland.
Lush vegetation and the swiftly flowing Patapsco River must have captivated the three Ellicott brothers when they searched for land in the late 1760's. The brothers had searched throughout Maryland and Pennsylvania for a site where they could grow wheat and harness water power for a mill. In 1771 the Ellicott brothers purchased many acres east of the river in the valley known as the "Hollow." Although the valley was uninhabitable, they were not alone; other settlers lived along the bluffs overlooking the river.
|The Old Mill Bakery Café|
THE TOWN'S HISTORIC FLOODING AND FLOOD MARKERS AT RAILROAD BRIDGE - Just to the left side in the photo of the railroad bridge is a river the flows under the elevated tracks. On one of the support beams are markings with dates that represent floods that hit the town. There were two major floods in recorded history, the first being in 1868 which destroyed the lower end of Main Street, and resulted in fatalities, and 1972's Tropical Storm Agnes.
VIDEO FROM A FLOOD IN APRIL2014: http://youtu.be/_yjZ70kvhFM (credit: Jeremy Clark)
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