Pamosa, Maryland

An older Barrelville area resident, Mr. F.B., told Mike McKenzie that Barrelville, Maryland was once named Pamosa. Mr. F. B. also said that he remembers his uncle Frank Caler saying that he remembers mail coming in that was postmarked for Pamosa when he was working in the local store as a young man. After this discussion, Mike saw an internet post related to a person who was born at Pamosa.

Mike’s resulting research indicates that Pamosa was located around the Parker and Bond Mines in the early 1900’s, and was north of the contemporaneous town of Barrelville. Click here to see an undated map on a third-party website that shows the Parker mine layout and the Bond mine entrance. A 1907 article Mike found in the Washington D.C. "Evening Star" describes the existence of a Pamosa post office, and a town that was then being planned.

Even though it was located in the general area that is referred to at the present day (2010) as Barrelville, the 1909 article below shows that it was once known as Pamosa. Mike’s mother said that in the 1940's and 1950's, the same area was known as “Prince Albert”. Mike reports that the street that is there today is named “Prince Albert”.

Mike believes that Pamosa was most likely a cluster of dwellings consisting of miners and their families living on company land. They were possibly, or even probably, living in company houses. Mike reports that there is still (2010) a row of company houses there, but doesn’t know if they date to when the area was known as Pamosa. Mike also reports that an 1866 map shows a town north of Barrelville that was known as Middelville, but he has not yet investigated to see if Middleville was at the Pamosa location.

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Mike found a 2007 list of Maryland Post Offices on the internet that indicates Pamosa, Allegany County, MD. as having a Post Office that was established on January 2, 1903 and was discontinued on March 16, 1909. The same website indicates that the Barrelville Post Office was established on the day the Pamosa Post Office closed.

Mike also found the information below, which is from page 59 of the USGS 1904 "Gazetteer of Maryland". It lists Pamosa as a "post village" in 1904.

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