The trail takes us through several rock cuts. The trail followed the Casselman River from Confluence to Meyersdale. Leaving Meyersdale, the trail follows Flaugherty Creek to the Eastern Continental Divide.
Bollman Bridge, MP 30.5
This historic bridge is made of cast and wrought iron. The bridge was originally built in 1871 (145 years old!). The pieces are cast at the foundry. The bridge is assembled with pins at the job site. This is the third site where the bridge has been placed. The bridge is 81 feet long and crosses a road below. The bridge was designed and built by Wendel Bollman, a B&O Railroad engineer. The bridge was destined for demolition in 2007 when a group of interested people saved it and moved it to this location on the GAP trail.
The bridge was cast in pieces. It was easily assembled by workers.
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Keystone Viaduct, MP 30
This truss bridge was originally built in 1911 by the Western Maryland Railroad.
Keystone Viaduct at MP 30
This curved span includes the truss bridge above and a deck plate girder bridge in the distance. The combined span is 910 feet long and it crosses the active CSX rail line. Sonia and Fred.
The bridge was converted for trail use in 2003. In 2011, the CSX railroad raised the bridge 21 feet allowoing clearance for double-stacked train cars on the rail line running below.
Leaving the truss bridge section of Keystone Viaduct
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After the truss bridge, the trail is supported by a deck plate girder bridge for a total length of 910 feet. Sonia and Fred.
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Trees no longer cover the trail
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Leaving Meyersdale, the GAP trail follows Flaugherty Creek to the Eastern Continental Divide
The trail crosses Flaugherty Creek on multiple short bridges. Sonia in the lead and Fred behind.
Kyle and Ann in the distance
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And another one
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Nondescript creek beneath a bridge
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One more bridge
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Still another short bridge
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Lazy creek beneath the bridge
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How many bridges?
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Wind mill in the distance at about MP 25.5
Ann and Kyle.
Another wind mill
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Deal trailhead, MP 25
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The first of the granite mile posts.
Land of wind mills
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Very little shade as we approach the eastern continental divide
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We made it!
Fred, Sonia and Glenn
The Eastern Continental Divide, MP 23.5
This short tunnel sits at 2,392 feet above sea level.
Inscription on the north portal of the tunnel at the Eastern Continental Divide
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Trail riders in the tunnel
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A mural at the south portal of the tunnel at the divide
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Elevation Profile for Eastern Continental Divide
This mural was inside the south portal of the tunnel.
George Washington and the Patomack Company
Mural on the side of the south portal of the tunnel.
View back out the north portal
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The Eastern Continental Divide at MP 23.5
Inside the south portal of the tunnel. (L to R) Wendell, Fred, Ann, Kyle, Martin, Glenn and Sonia.