This is a set of maps created by the Maryland State Department of Health Bureau of Sanitary Engineering, they are dated March 10, 1913. These maps show where certain features are located in Thurmont including water main hook ups, privies, cesspools, wells, houses, barns, hen houses, etc. There is a key showing which items are identified on the maps. These were drawn up to help with plans for the water system and to identify wells, etc. that should be closed. At this time the privately held Thurmont Water Company was supplying fresh water to the majority of houses and businesses, in later years the Town of Thurmont would install the Sanitary Sewer Sytem and render all the privies and cesspools obsolete.
At least 35 years ago Bill Rice told me about these maps and I have asked dozens of people about them including Jim Brown, Mayor Jim Black, and Butch West. Until just last month I had never seen them and I am not disappointed! These are amazing maps that show all the buildings in Thurmont in 1913. When viewing these and other images you can click on the image to open a larger version, click the "X" at the bottom right to close the larger version of the image.
These copies are from the Bill Zentz Collection and I am forever gratefull that Candy has allowed them to be displayed here. I also want to thank The Colorful Canvas, LLC of Fredeick for scanning these delicate maps.
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