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Funding Cuts Doom Western Md. Transport Museum

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CUMBERLAND, Md. (AP) — A transportation museum in downtown Cumberland will close because of spending cuts.

 

The Cumberland Times-News reports that Allegany County will end financial support for the Queen City Transportation Museum at the end of the year. The museum documents the area’s transportation history and includes some of the scores of antique carriages collected by area resident James Thrasher.

 

A local historical society manages the museum as well as one in nearby Frostburg that displays more of Thrasher’s collection. But the society says it will not continue to manage the Frostburg museum. It’s unclear who will take over and what will happen to the Cumberland collection, which the county acquired in 1987.

 

Officials say most of the vehicles need restoration work and that the collection requires better storage conditions.

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