The Iron Horse Wins

The Iron Horse Wins (HM7S9)

Location: Rexford, MD 12148 Saratoga County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 19.376', W 77° 43.718'

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Work on the railroad and canal progressed slowly at first, but by 1834 both companies had completed construction to a point opposite Harpers Ferry. The canal had won the race to this point and it continued up the Maryland side of the Potomac.
The B&O Railroad, plagued by land disputes with the canal, crossed the Potomac at Harpers Ferry in 1837 and rapidly pushed on. By 1842 it reached Cumberland, Maryland, and a decade later the railroad was open to Wheeling on the Ohio River.
Business boomed at Harpers Ferry with the arrival of the railroad Refrigerated cars brought oysters and other luxuries to the town. Thousands of travelers visited Harpers Ferry as it became a gateway to the Ohio Valley.
The Civil War shattered Harpers Ferry's prosperity. Much of the town was destroyed, and Confederate raiders constantly sabotaged the railroad. Despite the war, the railroad escaped permanent damage, and the B&O survives today as a main artery of transportation in the United States.
HM NumberHM7S9
Series This marker is part of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad (B&O) series, and the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal series.
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Date Added Saturday, September 27th, 2014 at 9:42am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 264782 N 4356164
Decimal Degrees39.32293333, -77.72863333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 19.376', W 77° 43.718'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 19' 22.56" N, 77° 43' 43.08" W
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Area Code(s)518
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 151-187 Appalachian Trail, Rexford MD 12148, US
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