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Carrollton Viaduct

 
 
Carrollton Viaduct Marker image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Busta-Peck, March 18, 2008
1. Carrollton Viaduct Marker
Inscription. 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.

[photograph]
The B&O Railroad Museum, at 901 West Pratt Street, occupies the former Mount Clare Station and the roundhouse.
 
Erected by Gwynns Falls Trail Council.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the
Marker location image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Busta-Peck, March 18, 2008
2. Marker location
Marker is on the right. Note that it isn't possible to see very much of the bridge from the trail, and that, by the looks of things, they probably don't want you going off the trail.
Maryland, Gwynns Falls Trail, and the National Historic Landmarks marker series.
 
Location. 39° 16.52′ N, 76° 39.323′ W. Marker is in Baltimore, Maryland. Marker can be reached from Washington Boulevard. Click for map. Marker is about 2800 feet northwest of the trailhead parking lot, in the Carroll Park Golf Course. 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. Of Fords, Felles, and Falls (approx. 0.2 miles away); Early Industries (approx. 0.4 miles away); Restoring Water Quality (approx. 0.4 miles away); Rowhouses: a Baltimore Tradition (approx. half a mile away); Carroll Park at the Golf Course (approx. half a mile away); Gwynns Falls Valley (approx. half a mile away); Ellicott Flour Mills (approx. half a mile away); Mt. Olivet Cemetery (approx. half a mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Baltimore.
 
Also see . . .
1. Image of the marker. (Submitted on March 19, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio.)
2. Gwynns Falls Trail Council. (Submitted on March 19, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio.)
3. Description from the Maryland Historical Trust. (Submitted on March 20, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio.)
 
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The Carrollton Viaduct, as seen from the marker image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Busta-Peck, March 18, 2008
3. The Carrollton Viaduct, as seen from the marker
The Carrollton Viaduct image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Busta-Peck, March 18, 2008
4. The Carrollton Viaduct
The Carrollton Viaduct image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Busta-Peck, March 18, 2008
5. The Carrollton Viaduct
View atop the Carrollton Viaduct, looking east image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Busta-Peck, March 18, 2008
6. View atop the Carrollton Viaduct, looking east
View atop the Carrollton Viaduct, looking west image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Busta-Peck, March 18, 2008
7. View atop the Carrollton Viaduct, looking west
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio. This page has been viewed 2,377 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on , by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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