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Ninth Avenues; Broadway, Columbus and Lexington Cable Lines: East and West

Side Belt Lines : South Ferry ; Staten Island Ferry ; Hamilton Ave.

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THE gracfful iron arches and columns
of the new train shed at Camdun
Station of tlie Baltimore it Ohio R. R.
at Baltimore art completed, and the roof
has been placed over the wide plat-
forms, and soon the old train slud
through which passengers have hurric'd
for nearly a half century will only be
used to shelter prosaic but useful freight
cars. Passengers will soon learn and
become accustomed to the new thorough-
fare to waiting trains, and the sound of
footsteps passing in and out of the
former passenger gate will soon lie but
a memor\'.

As long, however, as old Camden
Station stands it will ever hold recollec-
tions, not only for the elder employes
of the great company, but also for the
citizens of the former and last genera-
tions. It is an old landmark, and around
its dull colored walls a greater part of
Baltimore's history has been macle.

The present station was liuilt in
1852. Prior to that time the station
was situated on Pratt street, on the site
now occupieti by Mason's cracker fac-
tory. In those da\s Pratt street station
was known all over the country. From
its contracted yard the first steam pas-
senger train put to practical use for the
transportation of travelers puffed away
to Ellicott City, fifteen miles out, then
the terminus of the road. To the peo-
ple of those days the steam cars were a
fearful and wonderful thing, and every
one was anxious to ride on them.

In one of the newspapers
of that day is found an item
statingthat during hot weather
the citizens cif Baltimore en-
joyed the cool ride "on top
of the cars'* to Ellicott City,
or rather Ellicott's Mills.
•The cars go so fast.' the
item reads, "that a constant
lireeze is created for those sit-
ting on the roof."

When the B. & O. was
opened to the then distant
Cumberland, Camden station
was thrown open to the pub-



lic. Ma\or and city oliicers delivered
addresses. The iron horse had, to their
minds, done a wonderful feat in climb-
ing to the summit of the mountains.

Before steam was emplo\ed on the
ruad. freight and passenger cars were
hauled by mule power from Baltimore
to Ellicott's Mills. The cars left in
trains. Each train consisted of three to
five cars, according to the tonnage of
their cargo, and their departure and
arrival were advertised in the dail}- anci
weekly papers.

The road grew larger; it threw out
its black rails across the mountains
and underneath them. It leaped wide
rivers and brawling mountain streams,
and its force of employes grew in
number as the B. '-#■



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OBSERVATION CARS.



""pHE magnificent scener\- of the I]al-
-*- timore & Ohio Raihoad aftords
endless pleasure to the traxeler between
the east and west. No railroad in the
world can offer a greater number of
interesting features to the tra\cler than
the B. & O.

Taking a Ro\'al Blue Line train
from New York Cit\- for Chicago, the



over of ten days is allowed at Washing-
ton.

Thirty miles bej'onil Washington
the B. & O. reaches the Potomac River,
and the splendid panorama of mountain
scenery commences. The time table
shows this point at Washington [unc-
tion. A little more than ten miles from
this station on a branch of the B. & O.




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passenger via the B. & O. \iews an
ever-varying panorama of interest and
beauty. From almost any part of New
York he can reach either the Second,
Third. Sixth or Ninth Avenue Elevated
lines, or the Broadway cable lines, and for
a five cent fare be transporteci to White-
hall Terminal or South Ferry, or to
Liberty Street Terminal, the B. & O.
passenger stations.

From Jerse\- City the route is \ia
Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washing-
ton, and if the passenger desires, a stop-



is Frederick, the litth' German village
which has been sung to the school chil-
dren of three decades, famous for its
loyalty to the Union when Stonewall
Jackson's army luarched through its
streets.

From Braddock's Heights, near
Frederick, a magnificent view is ob-
tained of mountains and valleys rich in
historic lore. The eye can stretch far
out over the States of Maryland. Penn-
sylvania, \'irginia and West X'irginia,
and the famous battlefields.




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The Blue Ridge Mountains risr ma-
jestically with Sugar Loaf Mountain,
Bolivar Heights, Maryland Heights and
Loudon Heights, cutting their outlines
in the sky, while in the far distance are
Antietam and Gettysburg.

Beyond Washington Junction the
Potomac is no longer the broad, placid
stream, but a mountain rivulet of cas-
cades, cataracts and whirlpools full of
choicest mountain trout. Point-of-Rocks
is down in the memorandum book of all
expert fishermen and lovers of (•x(]uisite



darkness for less than a minute, tin n
breaking into daylight with such a
magical etiect as to hold the traveler in
speechless amazement at tlie scene pre-
sented — this is Harper's Ferry.

The receding mountain through
which the train has just passed, raises
its mighty summit high into the sky.
The broad Potomac, shallow and rocky,
has met the Shenandoah and tluir val-
leys unite in one grand picture. The
monument erected on ih'- spot where
John Brown's fort sti.iod iufdre it was




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mountain scener\'. The view from the
car is equal to the Yellowstone.

Catoctin. the little German village,
next m order, brings to mind again the
story of the war, as does every village
or town along the line of the B. & O.,
for the next one hundred miles.

Weverton, then Harper's Ferry.

The passenger on the rear platform
of the observation car will be treatetl to
a view so sublimely beautiful as to be
everlastingly impressed on his mind.
The train passes Weverton clinging to
the side of the mountain like a creeping
thing avoiding the water beneath. The
mountain seems ready to topple over on
the traveler looking up to ascertain
its height. An impassable wall of
stone appears abruptl)' ahead; when
suddenly the train disappears into total



taken to the World s Fair, is but a few
feet away from the train.

The old fort after its removal from
the World's Fair was taken back to a
point about four miles from Harper's
Ferry on the Shenandoah River and
located in a small park donated for the
purpose.

Jefferson's memorable rock is near
Harper's Ferry, and from it may be
seen a picture which as Jefferson termed
it. is "worthy a trip across the Atlantic. "

Beyond Harper's Ferry following
the Potomac River the route is w-ildly
picturesque through a region of famous
springs to Cumberland, thence through
the great Pennsylvania mining district
to Pittsburg and Akron, and thence
making a straight line across Ohio and
Indiana to Chicago.



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