History

Ellicott City Station Reopens

September 02, 2007

As reported Sept. 2, 1976, in The Evening Sun:

To the enjoyment of almost a thousand railroad history buffs and other visitors, Howard County last weekend opened its 145-year-old railroad station at the foot of Main Street in Ellicott City.

Called the Ellicott City B&O Railroad Museum, the old complex of stone and brick buildings will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.

Price of admission is $1 for adults and 50 cents for children under 12.

On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays there will be continuous slide presentations depicting the history of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Company.

Included in the presentation also will be slides showing the sights that 19th-century riders saw when traveling the 13 miles from Baltimore to Ellicott Mills (as Ellicott City was once known).

Baltimore merchants established the railroad company in the late 1820s in an attempt to find a speedier way to transport their goods.

Reportedly built in 1831, the Ellicott Mills station was the first terminus of the B&O railroad. Used as freight depot until the early 1960s, it is said to be the "longest continuously used railroad station in the country."

[Paul McCardell, Sun researcher]

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