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

Relay

 
 
Relay Marker image. Click for full size.
By F. Robby, July 1, 2008
1. Relay Marker
Inscription. Created in 1830 as a change point, or "relay," for horses hauling the first scheduled railroad cars in the U.S. The first rail link to nation's capital began here. Thomas Viaduct carries the track across Patapsco gorge; completed in 1835, it is the oldest multiple-arch railroad bridge in North America. In the Civil War, Union troops were stationed here to protect this critical junction.
 
Erected by Maryland Historical Trust, Maryland State Highway Administration.
 
Location. 39° 13.678′ N, 76° 42.403′ W. Marker is in Relay, Maryland, in Baltimore County. Marker is on S. Rolling Road 0.1 miles south of Francis Avenue, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Halethorpe MD 21227, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Great War (within shouting distance of this marker); World War II (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Relay House (approx. 0.3 miles away); During the Civil War (approx. 0.4 miles away); A Rural Vacation Spot (approx. half a mile away); Masterpiece of the Early B&O Railroad
Relay Marker image. Click for full size.
By F. Robby, July 1, 2008
2. Relay Marker
The sign behind the Maryland historical marker reads "Welcome to Historic Relay, circa 1830".
(approx. half a mile away); The Thomas Viaduct (approx. half a mile away); Elk Ridge Landing (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Relay.
 
Regarding Relay. There are several historical markers located in Relay, Maryland, including ones for the Thomas Viaduct, Site of the Relay Station and Hotel, and two war memorials.
 
Also see . . .
1. Maryland Historical Society. Drawing of the Civil War troops guarding the Thomas Viaduct. (Submitted on July 3, 2008, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland.) 

2. Baltimore County Public Library history page on Relay, Maryland. (Submitted on July 5, 2008, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland.)
 
Categories. Bridges & ViaductsIndustry & CommerceMilitaryRailroads & StreetcarsWar, US Civil
 
Relay Historic District Marker image. Click for full size.
By F. Robby, July 3, 2008
3. Relay Historic District Marker
This marker is at the intersection of S. Rolling Road and Francis Avenue.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 3, 2008, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 2,294 times since then and 58 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 3, 2008, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland.
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