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Locomotive bell gets home at park

June 23, 2004

A bell that first graced a steam locomotive and later called Girl Scouts to camp meals will be permanently displayed at Hagerstown City Park.

The Washington County Girl Scouts announced the organization is holding a dedication ceremony at 7 p.m. Thursday at the park's South Pavilion.

Built by the Baldwin Locomotive Works in Philadelphia in April 1921, the bell was used on Locomotive No. 817 of the Western Maryland Railway Co., according to the Girl Scouts.

On June 19, 1955, the railroad donated the bell to the Girl Scouts, where it was used at Camp Misty Mount and Camp CoHeLo.

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When the camps were consolidated, the bell was given to the Hagerstown Police Department for display at its station, a former train station on Burhans Boulevard.

Its permanent home will be at the park's South Pavilion, the Girl Scouts said.

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