New Castle and Frenchtown Railroad Historical

New Castle and Frenchtown Railroad Historical (HM1XPD)

Location: New Castle, DE 19720 New Castle County
Country: United States of America

N 39° 39.489', W 75° 33.783'

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Linking the Delaware River to the Chesapeake Bay

New Castle has a long history as a national transportation link. In the 1820s a turnpike connected ships on the Delaware River with ships on the Chesapeake Bay. However, the turnpike was in poor condition. Progressive town leaders saw possibilities in a new technology.
They formed a company called the New Castle and Frenchtown Turnpike and Rail Road Company and, in 1830, began laying track between New Castle and Frenchtown, Maryland, 16½ miles away. They ordered a locomotive from railroad pioneer Robert Stephenson in England and, on September 10, 1832, started full steam operations, one of the first such operations in the nation. The new venture functioned well, but, eventually, other railroads bypassed New Castle.
You can still see remains of the old railroad around town in the form of re-used granite blocks that once supported the rails.
Conjectural image by Hugh Ryan, Jr.
Placed ByNew Castle Community Partnership and New Castle Common
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Date Added Saturday, April 8th, 2017 at 9:03pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 451699 N 4389967
Decimal Degrees39.65815000, -75.56305000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 39.489', W 75° 33.783'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 39' 29.34" N, 75° 33' 46.98" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)302
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1 The Strand, New Castle DE 19720, US
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