Carrollton Viaduct

Carrollton Viaduct (HM3SS)

Location: Baltimore, MD 21223
Country: United States of America

N 39° 16.52', W 76° 39.323'

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The Carrollton Viaduct carried the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad over the Gwynns Falls, its first malor stream crossing as it headed west from its Pratt Street terminus Completed in 1829, the 300-foot stone span is named for Charles Carroll of Carrollton, signer of the Declaration of Independence and one of the B&O's founders. Worried about competition from canals, Baltimore's business leaders cast their lot with a new untested technology, railroads. Horses initially pulled the loads, but the B&O successfully introduced steam-powered locomotives and became known as "the Railroad University of the United States" By 1880 the railroad helped make Baltimore the second largest port for grain and a major livestock and coal terminal.

... the great railroad ... has probably contributed more to [Baltimore's] commercial prosperity than all other agencies combined.
Thomas Scharf, 1881.[photograph]
A steam locomotive crosses the Carrollton Viaduct during the B&O's centennial celebration in 1929.

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The B&O Railroad Museum, at 901 West Pratt Street, occupies the former Mount Clare Station and the roundhouse.
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HM NumberHM3SS
Series This marker is part of the Maryland: Gwynns Falls Trail series, and the National Historic Landmarks series.
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Placed ByGwynns Falls Trail Council
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, October 5th, 2014 at 1:47am PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 357210 N 4348637
Decimal Degrees39.27533333, -76.65538333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 16.52', W 76° 39.323'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 16' 31.20" N, 76° 39' 19.38" W
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Area Code(s)410
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2700 Wilmarco Ave, Baltimore MD 21223, US
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