Railroads Eclipse a National Road

Railroads Eclipse a National Road (HM3AC)

Location: Baltimore, MD 21230
Country: United States of America

N 39° 17.116', W 76° 37.91'

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"Thus will scientific power conquer space."

For several decades in the early 1800s, thousands of Conestoga Wagons, "ships of inland commerce," ruled the National Road. With their sloping bodies, wheels taller than a man and six-horse teamsskillfully maneuvered with a single "jerk line," they could carry up to eight tons of freight. The railroad, a Baltimore-borne transportation revolution, soon put them out of business, along with the taverns, livery stables, wheelwrights, and blacksmiths that servedthem.

In 1830, the National Road was still under construction when here, from the Roundhouse, the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad introduced the first regular freight and passenger service in the United States. By 1852, the B & O spent $15 million to lay track as far as the Ohio River. Freight and travel time was cut in half. The "national road" was now on rails.
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HM NumberHM3AC
Series This marker is part of the The Historic National Road series
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Placed ByAmerica's Byways
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 at 8:48pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 359262 N 4349702
Decimal Degrees39.28526667, -76.63183333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 17.116', W 76° 37.91'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 17' 6.96" N, 76° 37' 54.60" W
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Area Code(s)410, 301
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 201-293 S Poppleton St, Baltimore MD 21230, US
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