THE B & O RAILROAD
The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad is considered one of the oldest Railroads in North America. This railroad, was pioneered by Philip E. Thomas and George Brown. The understanding of the railroad is that it is marked as a major break in American industrialization. The Railroad that would run from the port of Baltimore West to Ohio River was chartered by the Commonwealth of Virginia, Chapter 123 of the 1826 Session Laws of Maryland on March 8, 1827.
Construction began in 1828, with the the first division opening, between Baltimore and Ellicotts Mills, Md, in May of 1830. By 1857, the B & O Railroad was steadily developed with it next division in St Louis. The Railroad played many major roles. One of these major roles being transporting Union Troops and Supplies during the Civil War. By the late 19th century the B & O railroad developers had made a breakthrough by connected the railroad with Chicago, Philadelphia, and New York.
As the B & O Railroad got along, in the mid 20th century, it became a freight carrier. As it began to face financial difficulties it was procured by the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway Company in 1963 and they became one in 1965 covering 11,000 miles of track. In the 1970’s, the B & O railroad and CSX Corporation, under the control of the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway Company combined resulting in 27,000 miles of track. This merged ended the history of the B & O track.
“The name may be gone, but the road will always be remembered.”
This artifact represents many of the themes if the prolegomenon. These would include the result of the industrial age, the constant and rapid progression americans are known for and the unfortunate wrecking brought to nature during its construction. The railroad shows an obvious meaning and role in industrialization, however, apart from this the railroad’s development journeys through the moving frontier right up until the Frontier “close” in 1809.
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