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Downtown looking east on Church St in January 2014
Location of Westernport, Maryland
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|• Total||0.91 sq mi (2.35 km2)|
|• Land||0.88 sq mi (2.28 km2)|
|• Water||0.03 sq mi (0.07 km2)|
|Elevation||922 ft (281 m)|
| • Estimate
|• Density||1,963.59/sq mi (758.44/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-4 (EDT)|
|Area code(s)||301, 240|
|GNIS feature ID||0591532|
Westernport is a town in Allegany County, Maryland, United States, along the Georges Creek Valley. It is part of the Cumberland, MD-WV Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 1,888 at the 2010 census.
Westernport's first settlement is identified on a French military map dating from 1758. The map is currently on display at École Militaire in Paris. The settlement at that time had no name. By 1774, it was known as Hardscrabble because the rocky soil made planting difficult. Some time in the mid-1790s, the name was changed to Westernport, with the town being the western-most navigable port on the Potomac River. In the late 18th century and early to mid part of the 19th century, coal and timber was loaded onto flatboats where George's Creek empties into the Potomac, then floated down to near Great Falls, Virginia, where the goods were unloaded, the boats broken up to sell as lumber, and the operators walking back to Westernport. The town was incorporated in 1859.
In 1886–87 the Piedmont and Cumberland Railway was built through Westernport, connecting the town to Cumberland, Maryland.
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Westernport is located at(39.486671, -79.043417).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.89 square miles (2.31 km2), of which, 0.87 square miles (2.25 km2) is land and 0.02 square miles (0.05 km2) is water.
The climate in this area has mild differences between highs and lows, and there is adequate rainfall year round. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Westernport has a marine west coast climate, abbreviated "Cfb" on climate maps.
|U.S. Decennial Census|
As of the census of 2010, there were 1,888 people, 810 households, and 532 families living in the town. The population density was 2,170.1 inhabitants per square mile (837.9/km2). There were 1,006 housing units at an average density of 1,156.3 per square mile (446.4/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 98.6% White, 0.5% African American, 0.1% Asian, and 0.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.4% of the population.
There were 810 households, of which 27.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.0% were married couples living together, 9.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.8% had a male householder with no wife present, and 34.3% were non-families. 31.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 16.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.33 and the average family size was 2.88.
The median age in the town was 44 years. 20.4% of residents were under the age of 18; 9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 21.8% were from 25 to 44; 27.6% were from 45 to 64; and 21.2% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 48.7% male and 51.3% female.
The primary means of travel to and from Westernport are by road. The main highways serving the town are Maryland Route 36 and Maryland Route 135. To the south, MD 36 connects the town to West Virginia Route 46 on the other side of the North Branch Potomac River in Piedmont, while heading north, MD 36 passes Interstate 68 on its way to Frostburg. MD 135 connects eastward to U.S. Route 220 just north of Keyser. To the west, MD 135 eventually reaches U.S. Route 219 in Oakland. Within the town limits, Maryland Route 937 also serves locals, having formerly been the alignment of MD 36.
- Leo Mazzone, the well-known former pitching coach of the Baltimore Orioles who made his reputation in the same role with the Atlanta Braves, lived his entire childhood in Westernport. Although he was born on the West Virginia side of the North Branch Potomac River in Keyser, his parents lived in Westernport at the time.
- Stephen Wheeler Downey, the "Father of the University of Wyoming", was born in Westernport in 1839. He became a trustee and eventually president of the University of Wyoming from 1891 to 1897.
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