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Breaking the Appalachian Barrier: Maryland as the Gateway to Ohio and the West, 1750-1850 by John Hrastar

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The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad went from Maryland right into present-day West Virginia all the way to Moundsville, and the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal ended at Cumberland, Maryland. In contrast, the Great Valley Road, the Gist Trace, The Cumberland Road, and The National Road went from Maryland to Pennsylvania. All were engineering marvels and keys to settlement and development. John Hrastar worked in the aerospace industry, mostly for NASA, during his fifty-year career. Now retired, he lives in Silver Spring, Maryland, where he enjoys researching and writing about history.

Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland, 2018. 255 pages with an index, Bibliography, Notes, and seventeen maps. Oversized trade paperback,