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Wilmington in New Castle County, Delaware — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Great Railroad Boom

"...a handsome building...in the French Renaissance style."

 
 
The Great Railroad Boom Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Pfingsten, August 31, 2008
1. The Great Railroad Boom Marker
Inscription. Left Column

The Wilmington Morning News of June 8, 1888, reported that the proposed new B & O passenger station, had been designed by Frank Furness of Furness, Evans and Company in Philadelphia. In addition to office space on the second floor, the facility would include; a baggage room, a ticket office; a women's waiting room and a men's waiting room, each with a fireplace and ornamental chimneys; and a porch 60 feet long and 10 feet deep. The exterior of the first story was to be red brick and black mortar and the roof and second story were to be slate of a dark cool color. The building would be lighted with gas and heated with steam. The cost for the proposed structure was projected at $10,000.

This cyanotype photo, dating from about 1891, shows the track-side elevation of the completed station. Note the warehouses and industrial shops nearby, and, in the background, the shop's rigging on the river and billboard with three theatrical posters.

Bottom Columns
In the early days, the B&O station was the elegant passenger facility seen above. In an effort to compete with the PW&B (Pennsylvania Railroad), the B&O began to offer through-passenger service to Philadelphia and New york. It was then that a second passenger station was built along the new track alignment to the west in the area now known
B & O Station image. Click for full size.
By William Pfingsten, August 31, 2008
2. B & O Station
as Trolley Square. Once the new station opened, this original facility focused on local passenger and freight services. During most of the 20th century this building served as the B&O's main freight depot.
 
Location. 39° 44.252′ N, 75° 33.235′ W. Marker is in Wilmington, Delaware, in New Castle County. Marker can be reached from King Street near Water Street, on the left when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Wilmington DE 19801, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Freedom Lost (within shouting distance of this marker); Frank Furness Railroad District (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Delaware's Jewish Community (about 800 feet away); Old Farmers Bank (approx. 0.2 miles away); Thomas Garrett (approx. 0.2 miles away); Lincoln's Speech (approx. mile away); Asbury Methodist Episcopal Church (approx. 0.3 miles away); Meeting House 1816 (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Wilmington.
 
Also see . . .
1. Royal Blue Line. (Submitted on October 15, 2008, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland.)
2. Royal Blue Line: The Classic B & O Train Between Washington and New York. (Submitted on October 15, 2008, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland.)
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,556 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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