Current photos by Ric Dugan
Hancock, nestled in western Washington County, has seen changes big and small during the last century.
Beyond what's visible in the archival and modern-day photos on this page, the downtown business district has taken a hit over the years as bigger stores came to the region, said Don Corbett, Hancock Historical Society president.
Interstate 70 makes it easy to get to big box stores like Wal-Mart in Hagerstown within 20 minutes, so there aren't as many mom-and-pop stores in downtown Hancock as there used to be, Corbett said.
Some long-standing businesses remain that attract customers from the Tri-State area, Corbett said.
Courtesy of the Washington County Historical Society
Hancock's Jim Stahle plays in an early-1970s Hancock High School basketball game, ABOVE. The fashion for uniforms in the Seventies included short shorts, tube socks, sweatbands and Puma sneakers, such as those Stahle is wearing. It appears the opposing player in this photo is wearing low-top Converse Chuck Taylors, a popular sneaker of the time.