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Pigtown in Baltimore, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Site of Old Relay Station and Hotel

Baltimore & Ohio Railroad

 
 
Site of Old Relay Station and Hotel Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, June 29, 2019
1. Site of Old Relay Station and Hotel Marker
The marker is part of an exhibit inside of the B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore, Maryland.
Inscription.  Here in 1830, passengers on B&O horse-drawn cars stopped to eat at the Relay House. Meanwhile, the relays of horses were changed for the remainder of the 13 mile journey between Baltimore and Ellicott’s Mills, hence the name Relay. In 1835, a second station superseded the earlier one. In 1872, a large combination passenger station and hotel was erected on this spot. It was razed in 1950. This stone is from that building.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Railroads & Streetcars. In addition, it is included in the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad (B&O) series list.
 
Location. 39° 17.136′ N, 76° 37.928′ W. Marker is in Pigtown in Baltimore, Maryland. Marker can be reached from West Pratt Street west of South Poppleton Street, on the right when traveling east. The plaque has been moved to the inside of the B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore, Maryland. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 901 West Pratt Street, Baltimore MD 21223, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Baltimore & Ohio Railroad (a few steps from this marker); The National Road
Site of Old Relay Station and Hotel Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Edmund Barrett, 1970
2. Site of Old Relay Station and Hotel Marker
Photos 1 and 2 were taken for the Government, and are from the Library of Congress HABS/HAER entry for the Thomas Viaduct. Photo is credited to the Historic American Engineering Record and William Edmund Barrett.
(within shouting distance of this marker); Railroads Eclipse a National Road (within shouting distance of this marker); The Chessie's Famous "Big Mike" (within shouting distance of this marker); Pullman Troop Sleeper No. 7437 (within shouting distance of this marker); Luther G. Smith (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Working for the Railroad: African Americans (about 300 feet away); Working for the Railroad: Women (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pigtown.
 
Also see . . .
1. Relay Station and Hotel, c. 1886. Relay House, on the Patapsco River, was also known as the Viaduct Hotel. Constructed in 1872 at a cost of $50,078.41, it closed in 1938 and was demolished in 1950. In this photo its summer awnings are in place and a woman in period clothing is standing on the boardwalk. (Submitted on September 14, 2007, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.) 

2. Relay House, c. 1860. The original Relay House. (Submitted on September 14, 2007, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.) 

3. The Viaduct Hotel. The B&O Viaduct Hotel, constructed between 1872 and 1873, can be seen in the upper right distance behind the Thomas
Marker with Thomas Viaduct Obelisk in the Background image. Click for full size.
By William Edmund Barrett, 1970
3. Marker with Thomas Viaduct Obelisk in the Background
Viaduct. A locomotive is passing over the viaduct from the Baltimore County to Howard County side. (Submitted on September 14, 2007, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.) 

4. Condensed History of the Relay Station and Hotel. “The gothic structure was built of Patapsco granite and trimmed in red seneca stone. The two-story porch on the river side of the hotel gave visitors a magnificent view of the Patapsco Valley and the Thomas Viaduct. Due to the decline in train travel the Relay Station was closed in 1938 after 108 years of continuous service.” (Submitted on September 14, 2007, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.) 
 
Site of Relay Station and Hotel image. Click for full size.
By Tom Fuchs, February 25, 2006
4. Site of Relay Station and Hotel
The hotel was just beyond the monument. Click on the location map for this marker and switch to satellite view for an overhead view of the site.
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By F. Robby, July 3, 2008
5. Site of Old Relay Station and Hotel Marker
The original plaque is missing, but the marker base is still located on the site of the old station and hotel, concealed from site in July by thick brush and bramble. The plaque was affixed to the inclined stone at the top of the base.
Viaduct Marker image. Click for full size.
By F. Robby, July 3, 2008
6. Viaduct Marker
Tree and brush around the marker prevent recreation of the older photo, but this view of the viaduct marker is from the station and hotel marker.
Site of Old Relay Station and Hotel Marker image. Click for full size.
By F. Robby, July 3, 2008
7. Site of Old Relay Station and Hotel Marker
The station and hotel marker, about 100 yards to the right (north) of the viaduct marker, is hidden from view by the brush, just to the right of the two trees that stick out above the distant tree line.
Site of Old Relay Station and Hotel Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, June 29, 2019
8. Site of Old Relay Station and Hotel Marker
Relay House image. Click for full size.
By Pangborne, 1883
9. Relay House
Illustration from J. G. Pangborn, Picturesque B. and O., 1883.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 17, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 11, 2007, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 7,067 times since then and 49 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on June 29, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.   2, 3. submitted on September 12, 2007, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.   4. submitted on February 28, 2006, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland.   5, 6, 7. submitted on July 3, 2008, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland.   8. submitted on June 29, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.   9. submitted on May 10, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
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