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Baltimore & Ohio Transportation Museum and Mount Clare Station
The National Historic Landmark Baltimore & Ohio Transportation Museum and Mount Clare Station is a collection of three interrelated buildings standing on the oldest railroad terminal site in the country. The fledgling Baltimore & Ohio Railroad established its headquarters at Mount Clare in the 1830s, and the first regularly scheduled passenger trains in the nation carried customers from here to Ellicott Mills, 13 miles west. The Mount Blare Station, the oldest building, is a two-story, brick polygonal example of early railroad buildings. On May 24, 1844, the nation's first telegraph message passed through the station. The brick Passenger Car Roundhouse, designed by Ephrim Francis Baldwin, is one-story with a central monitor surmounted by a central cupola. The youngest of the three buildings is currently referred to as the Museum Annex Building. Baldwin designed the Museum Annex Building to be a library and printing office. The two-story, brick building features a three-story tower, with gabled dormers, and corbeled brickwork. The Baltimore & Ohio Transportation Museum and Mount Clare Station is an institution dedicated to the preservation of historic railroad equipment. Some of the exhibits include locomotives from all eras of railroad history; including the "Tom Thumb", the "John Hancock", and the "Thatcher Perkins Locomotive No. 117."

The Baltimore and Ohio Transportation Museum and Mount Clare Station is located at the junction of Pratt and Poppleton Sts. The Museum is open daily from 10:00am to 5:00pm (closed Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve, & New Year's Day), there is an entrance fee. More information is available at 410-752-2490 or visit their website.

[Rotating photos] Rotating photos of Baltimore and Ohio Transportation Museum and Mount Clare Station
Photos by Theresa Page & Shannon Bell, National Register of Historic Places
[photo] Baltimore and Ohio Transportation Museum
Photo by William Edmund Barrett, National Register of Historic Places

 

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