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Brunswick in Frederick County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

One Time Rivals

B&O Railroad and C&O Canal

 
 
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By Don Morfe, January 7, 2012
1. One Time Rivals Marker
Inscription. The Brunswick Railroad Museum and the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historic Park Visitor Center exist side by side today, just as the transportation modes did when first arriving here in 1834. However, the early relationship between canal and railroad was stormy at best.

The Chesapeake and Ohio (C&O) Canal was a continuation of George Washington’s vision for a vital route west to help unify the country and to benefit the Nation’s Capitol. Not willing to accept trade superiority over their neighbors in Washington D.C., the merchants of Baltimore began researching a new transportation route to supplant the legendary National Road.

After discovering that a canal connection from Baltimore to the Potomac River (eventually leading to the Ohio River Valley) was financially impractical, they decided to build a road on rails. Ground was broken for both the C&O Canal and the Baltimore and Ohio (B&O) Railroad on the same day, July 4, 1828. This officially began the larger competition, between Baltimore and Washington, D.C., and race to the west. The B&O Railroad arrived here in 1834 and simply passed through, leaving only a tool shed and a small section gang. The canal had a much greater impact on the town, as the “Grand Old Ditch” afforded work for many residents over the next fifty years.

The B&O would reign supreme

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By Don Morfe, January 7, 2012
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when it constructed major freight yards here in the 1890’s. From that time on, the C&O Canal declined while the B&O Railroad grew considerably and quickly turned Brunswick into a railroad boomtown.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal marker series.
 
Location. 39° 18.786′ N, 77° 37.692′ W. Marker is in Brunswick, Maryland, in Frederick County. Marker is on West Potomac Street. Touch for map. This marker is located next to the Brunswick Visitor Center. Marker is at or near this postal address: 40 West Potomac Street, Brunswick MD 21716, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Brunswick (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Train No. 286 Bell Memorial (about 400 feet away); Veterans Memorial (about 400 feet away); Brunswick River Mural (about 400 feet away); From Dirt Path to Main Street (about 400 feet away); The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named Brunswick (about 800 feet away); Water Power (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Brunswick.
 
Categories. Railroads & StreetcarsWaterways & Vessels
 
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By Don Morfe, January 7, 2012
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Train Station GPS: 39.3121N 77.6276W
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By Don Morfe, January 7, 2012
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 5, 2012, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 239 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 5, 2012, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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