Western Union microwave relay sites survey: Part V
Site Name: Sideling Hill
Call Sign: KGB46
Address: National Pike
Type of Facility: Relay
Original Tower Height: 100′
Located on Sideling Hill Mountain in northern Washington County, Maryland, at an elevation of 1,591′ above mean sea level, this relay site was bought by Western Union 21 November 1945. The company paid the Woodmont Rod and Gun Club of Baltimore City $500.00 for a 0.92 acre parcel adjacent to U.S. 40. The company built a 100′ tower at this site.
During the early 1950s, the State of Maryland relocated a portion of U.S. 40 over Sideling Hill Mountain and it acquired a portion of Western Union’s access road, requiring the company to build a new access road to its relay site from the highway. The site was acquired by the State of Maryland and currently is used by the Maryland State Police.
The tower, cab, and equipment building were intact in 2003. Alterations to the tower include the mounting of parabolic and omni-directional antennas. The Western Union installation was the first of five towers constructed in proximity to each other along the crest of Sideling Hill Mountain along U.S. 40.
© 2010 David S. Rotenstein