Board and staff of the Great Allegheny Passage Conservancy unveiled a new marker at "mile zero" of the Great Allegheny Passage at Canal Place in Cumberland, Maryland. The bronze medallion, measuring 48 inches in diameter, and encased by polished granite slabs on four sides, honors Cumberland’s position as a historic transportation hub. “By river, by road, and by rail, Cumberland has welcomed explorers, travelers, and entrepreneurs,” says Bryan Perry, Executive Director of the Great Allegheny Passage Conservancy. “It marks the intersection of the C&O Canal Towpath and the Great Allegheny Passage, and is home to the National Road. This new medallion celebrates Cumberland’s prominence as the point of outfitting and launch for bicyclists and hikers on the GAP, and will give travelers an additional photo op in front of the historic Western Maryland Railway building.”
We are so grateful to the Great Allegheny Passage Conservancy for its advocacy and investment in the mile marker zero medallion,” says Ashli Workman, Director of Tourism for Allegany County. “It is more than a medallion -- it symbolizes a place where so many journeys begin or end. Just as the artwork details our rich regional transportation history, this location is the exact spot where so many bicyclists and hikers begin their 150-mile journey with a sense of excitement or end their memorable journey with a sense of accomplishment.”
Created by Landesberg Design and fabricated by Matthews Bronze International, with input from the State of Maryland and Mountain Maryland Trails, the medallion will replace a smaller marker currently installed under the archway in Canal Place. It was installed by Rome Monuments. The old medallion will be displayed by the Allegany Museum. All costs were incurred by private donations to the Great Allegheny Passage Conservancy.