There is a story in the book The Land of the Living, by John Mash that tells of National Guard troops that were camped here at the bridge during World War I. Sabotage by people sympathetic to the Germans was thought to be a great threat so in 1917 the National Giard was given the responsibility of guarding the bridges of the WM and the B&O. At each bridge were camps for the troops and gun emplacements to guard the approaches of the bridges. The troop camp here at the 4th crossing was remembered by two men by the name of Bud and Dave Keifer who were children at the time. They remember the camp to have had neat rows of tents that were surronded by neat rows of white washed rocks. The camp was at the west end of the bridge between the road that crossed the tracks and the bridge. It it known that the rocks are still here today lined up as thay were in 1917.
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A 1966 home movie showing the Blue Mountain Express from Hagerstown to Cumberland through Paw Paw bends. First movie clip shot from train is rounding the curve and crossing the 2nd Potomac bridge. Next exiting Stickpile tunnels west portal, then 3rd crossing with the B&O crossing. The block signal is the east end of the double track at Jerome, and then the 4th crossing at Magnolia. Last clip is a brief glimpse of Maryland Junction. (video from Andy DeLauder)