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Originally appearing in Volume V11, Page 251 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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FROSTBURG, a- town of Allegany county, Maryland, U.S.A., it m. W. of Cumberland. Pop. (189o) 3804; (1900) 5274 (J78 foreign-born and 236 negroes); (1910) 6028. It is served by the Cumberland & Pennsylvania railway and the Cumberland & Westernport electric railway. The town is about 2000 ft. above sea-level on a plateau between the Great Savage and Dams mountains, and its delightful scenery and air have made it attractive as a summer resort. It is the seat of the second state normal school, opened in 1904. Frostburg is in the midst of the coal region of the state, and is itself almost completely under-mined; it has planing mills and manufactures large quantities of fire-brick. The municipality owns and operates its water-works. Natural gas is piped to Frostburg from the West Virginia fields, 120 M. away. Frostburg was first settled in 1812; was called Mount Pleasant until about 1830, when the present name was substituted in honour of Meshech Frost, one of the town's founders; and was incorporated in 187o.
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