Explore the PHT
Once there was a pulp mill here that was said to be the largest of its kind in the world. This was one of many "company towns" in the area, in which a company (usually related to logging or mining) laid out a town right at the work site. Houses were leased by the workers and most left when an operation closed down. Markleton included 15 houses, a store, a church, and a stop on the B&O Railroad.
This is a fascinating place to linger. The trail crosses a long trestle toward Pinkerton Tunnel, followed by a second even longer trestle. The tunnel was restored in 2015, and trail users can still access the 1.5 mile detour around the Pinkerton Horn; rail was laid in 1879 by the B&O after the tunnel collapsed during a fire. The track was used until 1885 when the B&O rebuilt the tunnel with brick. This was an unusual place for track workers because the two railroads, Western Maryland and B&O, had side-by-side tunnels. This made it sound as if a "ghost" train was in your tunnel because it was literally only a few feet away behind a wall when on the other line.