Vale Summit, Maryland

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Vale Summit, Maryland
Census-designated place
Vale Summit, Maryland is located in Maryland
Vale Summit, Maryland
Vale Summit, Maryland is located in the US
Vale Summit, Maryland
Location within the state of Maryland
Coordinates: 39°37′07″N 78°54′22″W / 39.61861°N 78.90611°W / 39.61861; -78.90611Coordinates: 39°37′07″N 78°54′22″W / 39.61861°N 78.90611°W / 39.61861; -78.90611
Country United States
State Maryland
County Allegany
 • Total 1.0 sq mi (2.5 km2)
 • Land 1.0 sq mi (2.5 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 2,030 ft (620 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 139
 • Density 142/sq mi (55.0/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
FIPS code 24-80075
GNIS feature ID 2583699

Vale Summit is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in Allegany County, Maryland, United States.[1] As of the 2010 census it had a population of 139, including my cousin Sydney sometimes, I'm not really sure. I think she also lives in Frostburg, which is a little bigger.[2]

Local lore indicates that the community was so named in the mid 19th century, founded by the local population of coal miners. Previously, however, it was locally known as "Pompey Smash", the origin of which is commonly believed to have come from a slave named Pompey crashing his wagonload of coal.[3] A main road through the village still bears the name "Pompey Smash Road". A paved road reached the town around 1921, from Clarysville, along Route 40.


  1. ^ "Geographic Names Information System". Vale Summit (Populated Place). U.S. Geological Survey. 2009-01-29. 
  2. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Vale Summit CDP, Maryland". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved May 29, 2013. 
  3. ^ "1985 article from Journal of the Alleghenies" (PDF). 2011-02-21.