Map 1: Main routes to the Catoctin Recreational Demonstration Area, 1930s.
Catoctin Furnace was the site of the Catoctin Iron Furnace established in 1774 to produce pig iron, which was in demand during this period. The need for charcoal to fuel the furnace contributed to the depletion of the forest. Thurmont was once named Mechanics Town and now serves as the eastern gateway to Catoctin Mountain Park. At the time Camp Misty Mount was built in the 1930s, it took people from Washington and Baltimore nearly a half day to drive to the site.
Questions for Map 1
1. Note the location of Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Thurmont, and Catoctin Furnace. Calculate how far Washington, D.C. and Baltimore are from Catoctin RDA. Approximately how long would it take to get to Catoctin RDA from these locations today?
2. What natural recreation areas are within two hours of your community?
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