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General Kelley acquired the Swan Meadows property in Cherry Creek Glades near Gortner.   Worn out and injured Army horses were restored back to health and service at the horse hospital he set up there.  Broken-down horses removed from the battlefields were put in freight and express cars and hauled up the mountain by the Iron Horse.  The tired old horses were removed from the trains at Oakland, Maryland.  If they could walk the four miles to Swan Meadows, they stood a good chance to recover. In this way, many were restored to health.

Today the property is owned by the Yoder Family and it is a working dairy farm.

 

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General Kelley was a Union General in the Civil War.  His assignment was the protection of the railroad or Iron Horse, as it was also called, on it's trek up the tracks of the Allegheny Mountains.