Ellicott City in Howard County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Road Versus Rails
The Rivalry Begins
Noisy, dirty, and at first, unreliable, the railroad soon gained the upper hand. By 1840, a stage coach trip to Cumberland on the National Pike cost $9 and took twenty hours. The same trip on the B & O cost $7 and took ten. John H. B. Latrobe summed it up best when he wrote, “That solitary horseman who comes down [the National Road] at a trot that dislocates half the bones in his body, and sends his saddle bags with grievous flapping is one of the few who still prefers its glow and dust to the shade and velocity of travel on the iron avenue to the west.” While it was so important for the first decades of the 1800s, the National Road was doomed.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad (B&O), and the The Historic National Road marker series.
Location. 39° 16.067′ N, 76° 47.7′ W. Marker is in Ellicott City, Maryland, in Howard County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Maryland Avenue and Main Street (Maryland Route 144). Click for map. Marker is at the B&O Railroad Museum at the Ellicott City Station. Marker is in this post office area: Ellicott City MD 21043, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. B&O Railroad Station (a few steps from this marker); Old Stone Tavern House (within shouting distance of this marker); The Phoenix Emporium Hunt's General Store & Millinery Shop (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Ellicott’s Mills (about 300 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Ellicott City.
Also see . . .
1. Stop at the Historic National Road Wayside Exhibits. (Submitted on December 1, 2006.)
2. Road versus Rails: The Rivalry Begins. PDF version of the marker (Submitted on March 12, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio.)
3. Impossible Challenge: the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad in Maryland. (Submitted on May 5, 2008, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland.)
4. Impossible Challenge II: Baltimore to Washington and Harpers Ferry from 1828 to 1994. (Submitted on May 5, 2008, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland.)
Categories. • Railroads & Streetcars • Roads & Vehicles •
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