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Cab Calloway plays Cumberland

Some of America’s most famous entertainers of the 1930s era, because they were African-Americans, were barred from staying in Cumberland, Maryland’s mainstream hotels. Such notable musicians as Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Cab Calloway, and others often stayed at the Davis Tourist Home while on tour. These stays were often a week at a time when […]


They called two dollar whiskey ‘long life’ and one dollar whiskey ‘early grave’

Excerpt from ‘Cumberland, Maryland Through the Eyes of Herman J. Miller,’ (1978) During the 1920’s and early 1930’s, so many arrests and convictions were made by dry agents that the Allegany County Jail could not hold all of the prisoners, so some were housed in the Garrett County Jail at Oakland, Maryland. One bootlegger on […]


General Braddock’s road through the Wilderness

Today realtors tout the Dingle neighborhood west of Cumberland, MD for its charming Craftsman houses of the early 20th century. But this placid upscale neighborhood was a fierce wilderness when Nemacolin, a Delaware chief, and Thomas Cresap, a Maryland frontiersman, first blazed a trail through here in 1749 or 1750. The trail ran between the […]


The number of railroad accidents made the need for a hospital strongly felt

“The Western Maryland Hospital, the first institution of its kind in Allegany County, was erected on Baltimore Avenue to minister to the suffering. The building stands there as a monument to the public-spirited women who made the hospital possible. “In 1888, thirty five years ago, a group of Cumberland women, realizing their duty to fellow […]


Maryland’s Oldest Founding-Family-Owned Restaurant

Hanging on the walls of the modern day Geatz’s Restaurant are two photos, one from 1889 and one from 1904, of the family proprietors standing in front of their establishment. On his saloon’s sign (in both photos), Johannes Götz has changed the spelling of his name to ‘John Geatz.’ “The story was told to me that the family changed the spelling for easier pronunciation,” explains JP Geatz, “which I don’t think has helped too much anyway because everybody pronounces it GEETZ or GOATS.” He chuckles, then pauses to consider. “I like Geatz’s, where EAT is in the name – where EAT is in the center of the spelling.”

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