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The Western Maryland Railway Station in Downtown Cumberland stands today as the last remaining building linked directly to Cumberland's role as a major railroad center. During the 19th century, three major transportation routes began or ended in Cumberland - The National Road, the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, and the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal. Cumberland prospered by helping transport raw materials, products, and even people between the East Coast and new states. The Station was constructed in 1913 during the height of the railroad's success in Western Maryland.
Today, the Station remains active and is utilized as the headquarters of the Canal Place Preservation Authority and the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad as well as housing a C&O Canal National Historic Park exhibit and visitor's center and numerous other offices. The location is also part of Maryland's first Certified Heritage Area.