Corriganville, Maryland

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Corriganville, Maryland
Census-designated place
Corriganville, Maryland is located in Maryland
Corriganville, Maryland
Location within the state of Maryland
Coordinates: 39°41′34″N 78°47′34″W / 39.69278°N 78.79278°W / 39.69278; -78.79278Coordinates: 39°41′34″N 78°47′34″W / 39.69278°N 78.79278°W / 39.69278; -78.79278
Country United States
State Maryland
County Allegany
Area
 • Total 0.4 sq mi (1.0 km2)
 • Land 0.4 sq mi (1.0 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 740 ft (230 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 455
 • Density 1,152/sq mi (444.8/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 21524
FIPS code 24-19975
GNIS feature ID 2583601

Corriganville is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in Allegany County, Maryland, United States. As of the 2010 census it had a population of 455.[1] The town lies north of Cumberland at the confluence of Wills Creek and Jennings Run. Corriganville is part of the Cumberland, MD-WV Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Cumberland Bone Cave[edit]

A fossilized skeleton of a Smilodon californicus on display at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History

In 1912, workers excavating a cut for the Western Maryland Railway broke into a partly filled cave along the western slope of Wills Mountain near Corriganville. A local naturalist, Raymond Armbruster, observed fossil bones among the rocks that had been blasted loose and were being removed from the cut. Armbruster notified paleontologists at the Smithsonian Institution, and James W. Gidley began excavating that same year. The cave later became known as the Cumberland Bone Cave.

Between 1912 to 1916, Gidley excavated the Cumberland Bone Cave, where 41 genera of mammals were found, about 16 per cent of which are extinct. Numerous excellent skulls and enough bones to reconstruct skeletons for a number of the species were present. Skeletons of the Pleistocene cave bear and an extinct saber-toothed cat from the Bone Cave are on permanent exhibit in the Ice Age Mammal exhibit at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. Many of the fossilized bones date from 200,000 years ago. The Cumberland Bone cave represents one of the finest Pleistocene-era faunas known from eastern North America.

Notable residents[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Corriganville CDP, Maryland". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved May 24, 2013.