Historic Railroad Map of Virginia, Maryland and Delaware - 1839

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Map of Virginia, Maryland and Delaware exhibiting the post offices, post roads, canals, railroads, etc.

The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad began operations in 1830.

A dispute between citizens and bankers caused riots and skirmishes, and stalled railroad business for some time in 1835. At that time Baltimore’s economy was reliant on the transportation of the area’s tobacco and cotton, as well as a variety of manufactures.

The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad extended to the northwest through the Patapsco River Valley. The railroad completed the graceful Thomas Viaduct across the Patapsco River in 1835 to better connect Baltimore with Washington DC. At that time it was considered the largest bridge in the country. The granite arched railroad bridge was named a National Historic Landmark in 1964 and is still used today. The multiple-arched curved viaduct spanning 612 feet was constructed of locally quarried stone.

Virginia began building railroads in the 1830's. A gravity railroad was built in 1831 between the coal mines at Midlothianto Manchester. The Richmond, Fredericksburg & Potomac Railroad was chartered in 1834. The Louisa Railway and the Richmond & Petersburg Railroad were organized in 1836.

This detailed map published in 1839 by David H. Burr (late topographer to the Post Office,) Geographer to the House of Representatives of the United States, shows relief by hachures, drainage, and township and county borders. Cities, towns, canals, roads, and railroad lines are noted.


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