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Crumbs from the Cracker Barrel

July 14, 1999

By the summer of 1896, the Frederick & Middletown Railway completed the line from Frederick to Middletown. On Sunday, Aug. 23, George Smith, the driving force behind the trolley, and other company officials hosted the hordes of passengers who wanted to enjoy the view from Braddock Heights. When car No. 10 left the popular attraction, 110 individuals had jammed onto the car, which had a 48-seat capacity. En route down the mountain, the car picked up speed and left the track. Many of the passengers were injured in the accident, but Smith was more fortunate as he only lost one shoe, which he had to unlace to free his foot.

- The Maryland Cracker Barrel

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