Cumberland Times-News

Opinion

February 23, 2014

Californian concerned about fate of Footer works building

Dear Ms. Miltenberger,

Thank you for your letter alerting me to the critical situation regarding the preservation of buildings and artifacts in the Cumberland area. As you may know there are a number of people around the country that have a special interest in the history of Cumberland.

In my case, I have never lived anywhere near Cumberland, but have an interest in the history of railroads. My particular focus is Cumberland in 1953.

I have a 1,200-square-foot model railroad of the Cumberland area. The modeled downtown area includes the Western Maryland Station, Footers Dye, Cumberland Steel and a few other signature buildings that still exist.

Footer’s Dye is a very unusual building and iconic for historic Cumberland. Over many years I have watched with dismay this building’s deterioration and am concerned that it not meet the fate of the now long gone Queen City Hotel station.

I am enclosing a check for $20 for membership in your organization.

This fall, I expect to visit Cumberland with a group from the San Francisco area to attend the B&O Railroad Historical Society convention in Cumberland and visit local sites of historical significance.

If I can be of an assistance in supporting the preservation of historic Cumberland buildings, please let me know.

David Parks

Los Altos, Calif.

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