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Forest Hill in Harford County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Ma & Pa Station - Forest Hill

(circa 1914)

— Mile Post 30.3 —

 
 
Ma & Pa Station - Forest Hill Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Adam Margolis, December 8, 2021
1. Ma & Pa Station - Forest Hill Marker
Inscription.  Railroad service came to Forest Hill circa 1883, when the Maryland Central Railroad laid narrow gauge track from Baltimore to Delta, PA. The MCR suffered financial difficulties and emerged as the Maryland Central Railway Company in 1888. Interested in connecting with anthracite coal carriers, the MCRC acquired control of the York and Peach Bottom railroad. The two railroads were consolidated into the Baltimore and Lehigh Railroad Company in 1891. by 1893, however, financial problems forced them to split into separate entities: The York Southern Railroad and the new Baltimore and Lehigh Railroad Company. In the years that followed both railroads converted from narrow to standard gauge track.

The Maryland and Pennsylvania (Ma & Pa) Railroad was organized in 1901, formed through the consolidation of the Baltimore & Lehigh and the York Southern railroad companies. Although never connecting to the anthracite coal mines of Pennsylvania, its traffic in Maryland consisted of US Mail, milk transport from the local farms, freight and passenger service.

Cancellation of the Post Office contract in 1954 effectively lead to discontinued
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passenger service as well. Completed state road further reduced milk and freight service. The former 77.2 winding rural railroad route between Baltimore and York, PA was now fully accessible by truck and bus service.

In 1958, the Ma & Pa ceased rail operations, and the tracks were removed from the railway beds in 1959. However, the Ma & Pa's Forest Hill station remains intact. It continues as a reminder of rural Harford County's history as an agricultural an natural resources region that serviced the Baltimore area.
 
Erected by Maryland and Pennsylvania Railroad.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AgricultureIndustry & CommerceRailroads & Streetcars. A significant historical year for this entry is 1883.
 
Location. 39° 35.081′ N, 76° 23.165′ W. Marker is in Forest Hill, Maryland, in Harford County. Marker is on E. Jarrettsville Road, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Forest Hill MD 21050, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Saint Ignatius Church (approx. 1.8 miles away); The Famous Ma & Pa (approx. 2.6 miles away); Hendon Hill Cemetery (approx. 3 miles away); MA & PA Heritage Trail (approx. 3˝ miles away);
Ma & Pa Station - Forest Hill Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Adam Margolis, December 8, 2021
2. Ma & Pa Station - Forest Hill Marker
Built 1898 Liriodendron (approx. 3.6 miles away); MA and PA Heritage Trail (approx. 3.7 miles away); In Grateful Recognition (approx. 3.7 miles away); FMK Mark 2 (approx. 3.8 miles away).
 
Ma & Pa Station - Forest Hill Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Adam Margolis, December 8, 2021
3. Ma & Pa Station - Forest Hill Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 8, 2021. It was originally submitted on December 8, 2021, by Adam Margolis of Mission Viejo, California. This page has been viewed 366 times since then and 65 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 8, 2021, by Adam Margolis of Mission Viejo, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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