The printed MML Passport is no longer available. However, you may download a copy from the MML website here.
The trail consists of 11 MML Districts (regions).
The MML Geocache Trail project will launch January 1, 2009 with 78 participating cities and towns. A trackable geo coin will be given to the first 500 geocachers as an incentive for locating at least 2 municipal caches in each of the 11 districts. To be eligible for the coin, geocachers must pick up a Passport at any of the designated county visitor centers. Geocachers must use the stamp in the cache on their Passports and write down the cache code word listed in each cache. After at least two municipal caches in each district are discovered, geocachers may return to one of the county visitor centers and have their Passports validated to receive their collectable coin.
For a complete list of participating visitor centers visit the MML web site at http://www.mdmunicipal.org/mmlhome/index.cfm or MGS web site at www.mdgps.org.
In 1787, the Maryland General Assembly made the wise move of establishing the town of Cumberland through an act passed during that legislative session. Of course, that act simply provided the stamp of officialdom to a community that had been in existence, in one form or another, for thousands of years.
Artifacts pointing to civilizations in existence before the time of Christ have been found in the area, so we can only assume that people have been living here forever, a fact that those who now live at the confluence of Wills Creek and the Potomac River can understand, given the level of natural beauty.
For generations an American Indian village, then a western outpost of roughshod cabins, established by European Americans, existed here. Cumberland, "Gateway to the West," eventually became a stop for many in the push west. In this role, the city grew into a transportation hub, first as the starting point of the United States' first National Road, now known as Route 40, and then as home to numerous railroads and the western terminus of the famous C&O Canal.
As the city raced through the 19th century and into the 20th, it became less dependent on railroads as more industry moved to the area. Glass manufacturing and brewing were big, as were tires and steel.
The story of Cumberland, as well as the beginnings of the American Nation, are high-lighted at the following fascinating and worthwhile activity sites -
C&O Canal National Historical Park
The Great Allegheny Passage
The Scenic Western Maryland Railroad
Gordon Roberts House
The Geocache you seek is a regular size lock-n-lock container. Remember to stamp your Passport and write the secret word in the appropriate place.
Cumberland Thanks You for Visiting
Thanks to KG8GN for helping with this hide!
Thanks to the Maryland Geocaching Society for assisting with this project!