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Early Transportation Routes

 
 
Early Transportation Routes Marker image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Busta-Peck, March 17, 2008
1. Early Transportation Routes Marker
Inscription. The Gwynns Falls Trail follows a valley that has served as both a transportation avenue and an obstacle since the days of American Indians and European colonists. Early roads were privately owned turnpikes that charged tolls; they became public highways with the advent of automobiles. Streetcars, electrified in the 1880s, served commuters until the period after World War II, when buses replaced them. America's first railroad, the Baltimore and Ohio, crossed the valley near Wilkens Avenue. In the early 1900s the Western Maryland Railroad ran tracks through the valley to connect with port facilities on the Middle Branch at Locust Point.

... we gave much thought to ... securing a first-class railroad line, without ... impairing ... the scenery ... along Gwynns Falls.
Olmsted report on Baltimore parks, 1904

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A streetcar passes through Gwynn Oak Amusement Park about 1900.

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A Frederick Turnpike tollgate was located just west of the Gwynns Falls at Mount Olivet Cemetery in the early 1900s.

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This 1932 photograph shows the Western Maryland Railroad along the valley's west bank, the Pennsylvania Railroad Bridge, Western Cemetery, and Ellicott Driveway passing under the railroad bridge.

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Additional sign describing local ecosystems image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Busta-Peck, March 17, 2008
2. Additional sign describing local ecosystems
Maryland Railroad workers stand by a steam locomotive in front of grain storage silos at Locust Point.
 
Erected by Gwynns Falls Trail Council.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Maryland, Gwynns Falls Trail, and the Pennsylvania Railroad marker series.
 
Location. 39° 17.243′ N, 76° 39.741′ W. Marker is in Baltimore, Maryland. Marker is at the intersection of West Baltimore Street and Ellicott Driveway, on the left when traveling west on West Baltimore Street. Click for map. Note that while Ellicott Driveway still shows up as a road on many maps, it is not longer open to motorized vehicle traffic. Marker is in this post office area: Baltimore MD 21223, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Bridging Gwynns Falls (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Ellicott Flour Mills (approx. 0.4 miles away); Gwynns Falls Valley (approx. 0.4 miles away); Rowhouses: a Baltimore Tradition (approx. half a mile away); Memorial to John E. Burbage (approx. half a mile away); Mt. Olivet Cemetery (approx. half a mile away); Early Industries (approx. 0.7 miles away); Bon Secours Hospital (approx. 0.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Baltimore.
 
Also see . . .
Location of markers, as seen looking west. image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Busta-Peck, March 17, 2008
3. Location of markers, as seen looking west.
1. Image of the marker. (Submitted on March 18, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio.)
2. Gwynns Falls Trail Council. (Submitted on March 18, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio.)
 
Categories. Bridges & ViaductsRailroads & StreetcarsRoads & Vehicles
 
View south along the Ellicott Driveway image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Busta-Peck, March 17, 2008
4. View south along the Ellicott Driveway
This is the route of the Gwynns Falls Trail - the road has been closed to vehicular traffic.
View north to the railroad bridge over Gwynns Falls image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Busta-Peck, March 17, 2008
5. View north to the railroad bridge over Gwynns Falls
This bridge was used by the Pennsylvania Railroad and is now used by Amtrak.
View under the railroad bridge with "Bridging Gwynns Falls" marker in the distance image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Busta-Peck, March 17, 2008
6. View under the railroad bridge with "Bridging Gwynns Falls" marker in the distance
Note that cars tend to take these curves rather quickly, so exercise considerable caution if crossing the road here.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,930 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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