Mount Airy, MD
Mount Airy is a town located on the border between Carroll and Frederick Counties in Maryland, United States.
Mount Airy is located at 39°22′29″N, 77°9′20″W (39.374798, -77.155678).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 3.8 square miles (9.9 km²).None of the area is covered with water. Contrary to what some believe, Mount Airy is also located in Howard County Maryland. The Mount Airy Bible School is located in Howard County, and many extreme western Howard County residents have the 21771 zip code.
The town of Mt. Airy, Maryland, was established in 1830 and continued to develop throughout the decade as a settlement of houses along Parr’s Ridge was constructed. The first house was built by a man named Henry Bussard. The town was known for its station on the B&O Railroad at Parr’s Ridge and did not receive an official name until a later date when an Irish man who worked for the B&O Railroad suggested the name due to his freezing cold ears at work one day. The railroad ran from Baltimore to Frederick, two popular towns to the east and west of Mt. Airy. Milling, canning and sewing industries helped support Mt. Airy’s economy.
The town’s proximity to the National Pike contributed to its growth. The National Pike was a road that ran from Baltimore out west. Four great fires (1903, 1914, 1925, and 2007) caused setbacks in growth when they occurred, but the town rebuilt every time. From the 1860’s forward, Mt. Airy continued to grow as it became involved in the Civil War. Although part of the Union, the citizens of the town possessed feelings and traits of those living in the south. By the 1890’s, the town’s growth had increased significantly as three new churches were built (one Episcopal and two Methodist) along with a very important tunnel which helped with railroad transportation.
Currently, the town of Mt. Airy is no longer economically dependent on the railroad as citizens work a variety of different jobs. Mt. Airy hosts four annual events each year. These events include the Spring Fling in May, Flag Day in June, Festival on the Ridge in October, and Christmas in Olde Town in December. An all-volunteer staff of townspeople dedicates their time to work at each of these events.
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