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BC&A Railroad Freight Depot

Barren Creek Springs Village

 
 
BC&A Railroad Freight Depot Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), January 14, 2022
1. BC&A Railroad Freight Depot Marker
Inscription.  The railroad reached the lower Eastern Shore in 1860 when the Eastern Shore Railroad Co. reached Salisbury from Northern Delaware. But trains didn't reach Barren Creek Springs until 30 years later when the Baltimore Eastern Shore RR came down from the upper Shore to Vienna and across the river to the town, where it was extended eastward to Salisbury. After one year the name was changed to Baltimore, Chesapeake & Atlantic RR — jokingly nicknamed by riders as "Black Cinders & Ashes" due to the open coaches! The railroad's impact on Barren Creek Springs was enormous. Contact with the upper Shore, Norfolk, Baltimore and Annapolis meant travelers to town could come to partake of the famous mineral water springs, while locals could send out all sorts of agricultural produce, plus cases of bottled spring water! This station, moved from about five miles away, replaces the depot that once stood almost on this spot, pictured at right.
 
Erected by Westside Historical Society. (Marker Number 9.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Agriculture
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Industry & CommerceParks & Recreational AreasRailroads & Streetcars. In addition, it is included in the Maryland, Mardela Springs, Barren Creek Springs Village series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1860.
 
Location. 38° 27.675′ N, 75° 45.312′ W. Marker is in Mardela Springs, Maryland, in Wicomico County. Marker is on Bratten Street just north of Main Street, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 110 Bratten St, Mardela Springs MD 21837, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lodge Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); Livery Stable (within shouting distance of this marker); Brattan-Taylor-Calloway Store (within shouting distance of this marker); Graham-Whitelock Home (within shouting distance of this marker); The Doctor's Office (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Young's Purchase Home (about 300 feet away); Gravenor-English School (about 300 feet away); Memorial Building (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mardela Springs.
 
BC&A Railroad Freight Depot Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), January 14, 2022
2. BC&A Railroad Freight Depot Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 15, 2022. It was originally submitted on January 15, 2022, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 220 times since then and 86 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 15, 2022, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.

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