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Wilmington in New Castle County, Delaware — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Great Railroad Boom

Riverfront Wilmington

 
 
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Inscription.  "...a handsome building...in the French Renaissance style."
The Wilmington News Journal, June 8, 1886


In the early days, the B&O station was the elegant passenger facility seen above. In an effort to compete with the PW&B (Pennsylvania Railroad), the B&O began to offer through-passenger service to Philadelphia and New york. It was then that a second passenger station was built along the new track alignment to the west in the area now known as Trolley Square. Once the new station opened, this original facility focused on local passenger and freight services. During most of the 20th century this building served as the B&O's main freight depot.

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The Wilmington Morning News of June 8, 1888, reported that the proposed new B & O passenger station, had been designed by Frank Furness of Furness, Evans and Company in Philadelphia. In addition to office space on the second floor, the facility would include; a baggage room, a ticket office; a women's waiting room and a men's waiting room, each with a fireplace and ornamental chimneys; and a porch 60 feet long and 10 feet deep. The exterior of the
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first story was to be red brick and black mortar and the roof and second story were to be slate of a dark cool color. The building would be lighted with gas and heated with steam. The cost for the proposed structure was projected at $10,000.

This cyanotype photo, dating from about 1891, shows the track-side elevation of the completed station. Note the warehouses and industrial shops nearby, and, in the background, the shop's rigging on the river and billboard with three theatrical posters.

South elevation of B&O Railroad Station, 1917.
 
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Location. 39° 44.252′ N, 75° 33.235′ W. Marker is in Wilmington, Delaware, in New Castle County. Marker can be reached from King Street near Water Street, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Wilmington DE 19801, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Freedom Lost (within shouting distance of this marker); South Market Street Bridge Dedicated in Honor of Senator John E. Reilly, Sr. (within shouting distance of this marker); South Market Street Bridge (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Underground Railroad (about 300 feet away); Harriet Tubman
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The B&O station is in the background.
(about 400 feet away); The Big Quarterly (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named The Great Railroad Boom (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named The Great Railroad Boom (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wilmington.
 
Also see . . .
1. Royal Blue Line. (Submitted on October 15, 2008, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland.)
2. Royal Blue Line: The Classic B & O Train Between Washington and New York. (Submitted on October 15, 2008, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland.)
 
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By William Pfingsten, August 31, 2008
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Credits. This page was last revised on March 21, 2019. This page originally submitted on September 1, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,627 times since then and 18 times this year. Last updated on March 2, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. Photos:   1. submitted on March 2, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.   2. submitted on September 1, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.   3. submitted on March 2, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.   4. submitted on September 1, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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