First Commercial Railroad Right-of-Way in America

First Commercial Railroad Right-of-Way in America (HM2I9P)

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N 39° 17.101', W 76° 37.982'

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The War Came by Train

You are standing on the original right-of-way of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, the nations first commercial railroad to handle both freight and passenger service. This right-of-way stands on land donated to the railroad by James Carroll the owner of the Mount Clare estate and its use for rail service was granted to the B&O by the State of Maryland.

This marks the point of origin for the B&O's historic line west to the Ohio River. This right-of-way had upwards of 19 tracks, carried countless civilians and soldiers as well as millions of tons of freight in and out of Baltimore. Practically every type of motove power from horse-drawn railcars and diesel engines has passed over this ground.

The right-of-way has been in continuous use since 1830 by the B&O Railroad and its successors including the Chessie System and CSX Transportation. Today it is owned, operated and maintained by the B&O Railroad Museum and continues to carry museum visitors over the most historic mile of railroad track in America.

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Mt. Clare Shops, 1870

B&O's Tender and Boxcar repair facility, 1920. The remains of this building are located along the north side of the Museum's tracks.

Mt. Clare Shops, 1920
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HM NumberHM2I9P
Series This marker is part of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad (B&O) series
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Date Added Saturday, June 29th, 2019 at 5:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 359158 N 4349677
Decimal Degrees39.28501667, -76.63303333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 17.101', W 76° 37.982'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 17' 6.0599999999999" N, 76° 37' 58.92" W
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