This Month In County History

1852: Bringing trains to Westminster

September 04, 2005|By Sun researcher Shelia Jackson

Delegates from Baltimore City, Carroll, Frederick and Washington counties held a meeting in the Westminster courthouse to discuss the extension of the proposed Western Maryland Railroad line to Westminster and continuing on to Hagerstown on September 1, 1852. The railroad had been chartered at the beginning of the year, but much discussion still ensued about where the rail lines should extend to and who would provide money for the construction. The citizens of Westminster enthusiastically celebrated when they learned the Mayor of Baltimore had signed an ordinance for $500,000 in Western Maryland Railroad bonds. Railroad construction began in July 1857, and was completed in 1873 when it reached Williamsport on the Potomac.

- History of Western Maryland, Volume 2 by J. Thomas Scharf p. 952-953 and The Building of Westminster in Maryland by Christopher Weeks p. 62

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