Sunday, November 9, 2008

City of Frederick Gets International Award!

In a press release found in the official City of Frederick Website:

Frederick, MD -- The City of Frederick's Carroll Creek Park was recognized this week by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) as one of the best Neighborhood Development initiatives in the United States. IEDC awarded the City of Frederick Department of Economic Development with its Neighborhood Development Initiatives award on Tuesday at its Annual Conference in Atlanta, Georgia.

Way to go... that is cool.

I've only lived here in Frederick since 2006, I didn't know there was a horrific flood in 1976 and over 100 acres of Down Town City of Frederick was under water!

I recently learned that back then the city sought "fix" Carroll Creek for $6,000,000 and the Army Corp of Engineers said they could completely redo the creek and turn it into an aqueduct and a "River Walk" like we have today.

Here's some more Frederick Trivia that I didn't know, I got this from the City of Frederick's DED site (Department of Economic Development)

More than 200 eclectic retailers, restaurants and antique shops line the main retail corridors of Market, Patrick and East streets. 1.4 million tourists visited downtown in 2006, drawn by the fine dining, shopping and cultural experiences offered. Downtown’s Theater District offers regular performances at the Maryland Ensemble Theater, Weinberg Center for the Performing Arts and the Cultural Arts Center.

Downtown Frederick is also home to 600 businesses and organizations totaling nearly 5,000 employees. A growing technology sector can be found in downtown’s historic renovated spaces, as well as in new office buildings located along Carroll Creek Park. The links below provide access to various reports and more information on downtown Frederick.


Ok, enough about downtown... just look at this photo and tell me that Frederick County isn't beautiful:

bike touring in Frederick MD

Here's a list of stuff I didn't know about the extremities of Frederick County MD:

Brunswick Railroad Museum
The Brunswick Railroad Museum is located at 40 West Potomac Street in Brunswick near Frederick. Built in 1910, this museum was once home to the laborers who worked in Brunswick´s thriving railroad community. The museum features an early 1900's lifestyle and a HO model train layout. The museum is open Saturday from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Sunday, 1 - 4 p.m., with hours on Thursdays and Fridays during warmer months. Call (301)834-7100

the Museum has preserved the history of Brunswick. Known during the Civil War as Berlin, this small town along the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal and Baltimore & Ohio Railroad was incorporated as Brunswick in 1890. That same year the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad began construction of the 5 mile rail yard that would reshape Brunswick into a company town with a population of over 5000!

Catoctin Furnace
Catoctin Furnace is located on U.S. 15 and Route 806 in Thurmont, just north of Frederick. Built in 1774 by Governor Thomas Johnson´s family, the furnace produced iron for Revolutionary and Civil War arms. This site is part of Cunningham Falls State Park. For more information call 301-271-7574

Prospect Hall Mansion (circa 1803)
889 Butterfly Lane
Frederick, MD 21703

Built on the highest elevation in Frederick City, Red Hill, this historic mansion has hosted many popular visitors, among them Harry Truman. It was the site of General Meade's takeover of the Army of the Potomac immediately before the Battle of Gettysburg. The mansion is now home to St. John's Catholic Prep, Frederick Maryland's Roman Catholic high school.

John Hanson resided in Frederick when he was elected the first President of Congress from Maryland to serve under a fully ratified Articles of Confederation in 1781.

Who was Thomas Johnson?
Frederick resident Thomas Johnson became Maryland´s first duly elected governor of Maryland, in 1777. Then, as associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, in 1792, he penned the first written opinion in court reports. And we have a high school named after him, my youngest daughter went there :)

Issue #15
November 9, 2008

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