1884 Oakland Train Station

1884 Oakland Train Station (HM22Y)

Location: Oakland, MD 21550 Garrett County
Country: United States of America

N 39° 24.606', W 79° 24.522'

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Given the architectural design term "Queen Ann Style" by its architect E. Francis Baldwin, the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad's "1884 Oakland Train Station" is the third building to occupy this location. The first station was a small, square two-story wooden building constructed shortly after the railroad passed through Oakland in October 1851. It was destroyed by fire in 1874, when the Glades Hotel across the tracks burned. A one story utility building served as the station until the present structure was built in 1884.

The center part of the building contains the main passenger waiting room and the Station Agent's office. The Station Agent and his assistants handled sales of passenger train tickets and arriving and departing freight shipments on the tracks behind the station. The east side of the station contains a second passenger waiting room, sometimes called the "Ladies Waiting Room."

Between these two rooms was the railroad's telegraph operator office that in later years also served as the Western Union office. An important feature of the "Queen Ann Style" building is the rounded tower and roof over the telegraph office. The west side of the station building contained a baggage room, once dominated by the Railway Express Agency.

At one time, a 250,000-gallon water tank used to supply water for steam locomotives stood 50 feed from the east end of the station. It was removed in the early 1920's.

The last regular passenger train to depart from the station was B&O No. 12 that left at 6:30 p.m. on April 30, 1971.

The Town of Oakland purchased the entire station property in 1998 and began the renovation work that was completed in 2000. Since that date, the 1884 Oakland Train Station has become a model for the "revitalization work" of downtown Oakland.
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HM NumberHM22Y
Series This marker is part of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad (B&O) series
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Date Added Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 at 12:57am PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 636997 N 4363495
Decimal Degrees39.41010000, -79.40870000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 24.606', W 79° 24.522'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 24' 36.36" N, 79° 24' 31.32" W
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Area Code(s)301, 240
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 101-125 E Liberty St, Oakland MD 21550, US
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