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‘Mile Zero’ Medallion Unveiled at Canal Place

April 22nd, 2021 by WCBC Radio

The Great Allegheny Passage Conservancy unveiled a new medallion installed at “mile zero” of the Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) at Canal Place in Cumberland on Wednesday morning. The bronze medallion, measuring 48 inches in diameter, and encased by polished granite slabs on four sides, honors Cumberland’s position as a historic transportation hub. The medallion marks the intersection of the C&O Canal Towpath and the Great Allegheny Passage, and is home to the National Road. This new medallion celebrates Cumberland’s prominence as the point of outfitting and launch for bicyclists and hikers on the GAP, and will give travelers an additional photo op in front of the historic Western Maryland Railway building. Rich Fitzgerald, Allegheny County Pennsylvania Administrator, thanked the business owners and volunteers who help make the trail  a great tourism destination while providing a tremendous lift for the regional economy…