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Eminent domain, public taking, private use, public use, just compensation, Georges Creek Coal and Iron Company, New Central Coal Company, Lincoln Coal, Iron Fire Brick and Oil Company, Maryland Court of Appeals, Allegany County Circuit Court, Richard H. Alvey, William Walsh, John Henry Alexander, Julian Alexander, Lonaconing, Allegany County, Cumberland, Railroad, coal mine, history


This paper examines the legal controversy concerning New Central Company’s attempt to execute a public taking of the land of the Georges Creek Coal and Iron Company for its private use to build a railroad. This paper analyzes the significance of the case within the social, economic, and political context of the town of Lonaconing in Allegany County, Western Maryland, where the parties were situated. This paper also traces the procedural history of the case, including its appearance before the Allegany Circuit Court in 1872, and before the Maryland Court of Appeals in 1873 and 1874. Finally, this paper presents an analysis of the Maryland Court of Appeals 1873 opinion.


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