Historic Railroad Map of Maryland & Virginia - 1926

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Transportation Lines of Chesapeake Bay serving the port of Baltimore, Maryland.

Baltimore was established in the early 1700's as a shipping port for the tobacco trade. Its port at the mouth of the Patapsco River maintained easy access to Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.

The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad extended to the northwest through the river valley towards Pennsylvania destinations. Baltimore’s transportation abilities led to its importance as a major shipping center for overseas shipments as well as cargos heading northwestward and to the south.

Baltimore suffered during the early 1900's, as the Great Baltimore Fire of 1904 devastated a huge area of the downtown core. Most of the burnt buildings had been rebuilt by 1912, with new fire fighting improvements in place.

This detailed map was published in 1926 by the United States Board of Engineers for Rivers and Harbors. It shows railroads lines, steamship routes and ferry routes. Included is an indexed list of steamship lines.

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