Coming of the Railroad

Coming of the Railroad (HMQH7)

Location: Wyoming, DE 19934 Kent County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 7.124', W 75° 33.524'

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Efforts to establish rail transportation in Delaware were realized in 1832 with the completion of the New Castle and Frenchtown Railroad connecting shipping traffic on the Chesapeake Bay and Delaware River. The promise of railroads was clearly demonstrated, and in 1836 the General Assembly chartered the Delaware Railroad for the purpose of building a line from a junction with the New Castle and Frenchtown to the southern border of the state. Due to poor economic conditions construction was delayed until the 1850s. Tracks were extended to this location by early 1856, finally reaching the state line in December 1859. With the culmination of this effort and the subsequent construction of connections with other parts of Delmarva, an era of unprecedented economic prosperity was initiated. New communities such as Wyoming were founded, growing rapidly as a result of agricultural and industrial expansion. With the creation of this new system for transporting people and goods to and from distant locations and the urban centers of the nation, the lives of the peninsula residents were forever changed.
HM NumberHMQH7
Marker NumberKC-99
Year Placed2006
Placed ByDelaware Public Archives
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, September 15th, 2014 at 10:12am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 451699 N 4330101
Decimal Degrees39.11873333, -75.55873333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 7.124', W 75° 33.524'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 7' 7.44" N, 75° 33' 31.44" W
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Area Code(s)302
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 9 N Railroad Ave, Wyoming DE 19934, US
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