[County Seal, Garrett County, Maryland] Origin: The last Maryland county to be formed, Garrett County was created from Allegany County in 1872 (Chapter 212, Acts of 1872). It was named for John Work Garrett (1820-1884), railroad executive, industrialist, and financier. Garrett served as president of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad from 1858 until his death in 1884.

Boundaries: Bounded north by Pennsylvania; east by Allegany County; south & west by West Virginia.
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County Seat: Oakland, MD 21550
Form of Government: County Commissioners
Population: 1990 census: 28,138; 2000 census: 29,846; 2010 census: 30,097


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[photo, Frederick A. Thayer III Courthouse, 203 South 4th St., Oakland, Maryland] Frederick A. Thayer III Courthouse, 203 South 4th St., Oakland, Maryland, October 2014. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.

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