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Harpers Ferry in Jefferson County, West Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Railroads

 
 
Railroads Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 22, 2007
1. Railroads Marker
Inscription. Trains clanking along iron rails have echoed through Virginius Island since the Winchester & Potomac Railroad arrived here in 1836. It extended from the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad junction at Harpers Ferry 32 miles southward to Winchester. The W&P line enabled local industrialists to import raw materials and export finished products to the port of Baltimore and into the heart of the Shenandoah Valley.

During the Civil War, both Union and Confederate forces damaged the railroad. By late fall, 1864, however, Union General Sheridan had rebuilt the W&P to supply over 30,000 U.S. troops in the valley.

This railroad still operates today. It stands as the only "living" remnant of the island's industrial past.

Just ahead is the railroad. Please use caution as you cross the tracks.
 
Location. 39° 19.284′ N, 77° 44.283′ W. Marker is in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, in Jefferson County. Marker can be reached from Shenandoah Street (Business U.S. 340), on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Located on Virginius Island in Harpers Ferry National Historic Site. Marker is in this post office area: Harpers Ferry WV 25425, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Head Gates and Inner Basin (within shouting distance of this marker);
Railroads Marker beside the Railroad image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 22, 2007
2. Railroads Marker beside the Railroad
House Ruins (within shouting distance of this marker); Island Mills (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); River Wall (about 500 feet away); Jonathan Child House (about 600 feet away); Island Access (about 600 feet away); Shenandoah Pulp Factory (about 700 feet away); Jefferson Rock (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Harpers Ferry.
 
More about this marker. In the lower part of the marker is a photo of A freight train traveling through Virginius Island, circa 1900.
 
Categories. Railroads & StreetcarsWar, US Civil
 
The Still Active W&P Line image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 22, 2007
3. The Still Active W&P Line
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 541 times since then and 58 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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