@Schulmanator: Yes it is, very beautiful city, I would live there in a heartbeat if I could.
@SimRico: Thank you so much for the kind words! If you've never been, you should go to the real Charleston, you will not regret it. Who knows, you may just try to move there
@Neto Dari: Thank you!
Good Evening Everyone!
Welcome to Cumberland, Maryland, affectionately called "The Queen City" and one of the largest cities in western Maryland. This is a mountain city surrounded by numerous ridges of the Allegheny Range of the Appalachian Mountains, and straddles the Potomac River, some 200ish miles northwest of the nation's capital, Washington DC. The next several images will show a brief overview of the city and its environs, using Drunkapple's map of Cumberland.
*Note: this is a fictional rendition of the city and bears little to the real city. If you want to see the real Cumberland, you should go there, it is beautiful *
This first image shows several businesses, the Chamber of Commerce, an elementary school, a boutique hotel, and residences in the historic district surrounding downtown. Most of these houses were built in the mid-1800s. The homes in this area range from 180K (smaller ones) to well over 1 million for the larger homes, and the houses on the Potomac.
Here is Cumberland Midtown, a business district across Wills Creek from Downtown Cumberland. The Western Maryland Farmers Market is in the middle, across the street from the Cumberland Fire Dept and Allegheny Baptist Church.
Here is a shot of downtown, right after Interstate 68 crosses Wills Creek (near its junction with the Potomac River). This area holds the tallest buildings in western Maryland.
Here is another shot of downtown, focusing on the numerous rowhouses and townhouses around downtown. These homes start at approx. 200K. The white office building on the left is one of the tallest buildings in the Cumberland metro area.
Here is the junction of the Potomac River (left) and Wills Creek (right).
Cumberland is a major manufacturing center, as is evident in this image. There are numerous mills, manufacturing plants, and rail infrastructure in the metro area. The rail yard in this image is one of the smaller rail yards in the Cumberland area.
Here is Fort Hill High School, the largest high school in the city and in all of Allegheny County, and is surrounded by numerous middle-class and upper-income houses built between 1900-1960. There is also a new Starbucks across the street to feed the caffeine addictions of the students and teachers.
Here is a shot of Potomac Avenue, a major north-south artery on the east side of the city, passing through the city's historic district.
Here is the Allegheny Highway, a divided surface highway connecting I-68 to the Potomac and the suburbs in neighboring West Virginia. This road leads to the Allegheny Valley Mall, the largest mall in this part of the state, and one of the busiest shopping districts within a 60 mile radius.
Here is the lacrosse/soccer stadium for Western Maryland University, home to 10,000 undergrad and 2,000 graduate students.
Here are the main academic halls for Western Maryland University.
And finally, a shot of a B&O commuter train heading towards the Cumberland Regional Airport and Potomac Town. This image is in West Virginia, as the Potomac River curves from the left to the right -- barely visible in the lower right.
Hope you enjoyed your tour of Cumberland, MD! Stay tuned for more!
As always, comments are more than welcome. Please feel free to check out Powhatan Island at your leisure.