Tuesday, August 14, 2007


The Baltimore & Ohio Train Station, Ellicott City, MD.
America's railroad was born at this place and began the
westward expansion of industrialization.

Old, old church. I believe it was/is Presbyterian.
(I can't find my notes, but I seem to recall that's what it was.)

The Retropolitan--an antique shop just below the train trestles. I loved the logo.

Lookin' down the tracks.
This picture would have been perfect if there had been a train blowing through.
But alas... Some other time perhaps?

I'm a little slow posting these. Since the 4th of July fell on a Wednesday this year, it was difficult to get out of town for any extended period of time. Instead, that morning, I hopped in the car and headed out Colesville Road/MD Route 29 to see where the road would lead. Lo, and behold, it led to Ellicott City, Maryland, home of America's first railroad. If you're in the mood for some quiet, interesting sightseeing, take a drive out Route 29 to this historic town with its old downtown, mills, and train station. The station was closed on July 4th, so I'll have to go back. It's so close, though, that another drive out there will actually be enjoyable!

Photo copyright: D.C. Confidential (Janet M. Kincaid, 07/07)


Marsha said...

The church you photographed is St. Paul's Catholic Church. It was built in 1838 and during the Civil War served as a hospital for both Union and Confederate soldiers. I'm glad you took time to see Ellicott City. If you are interested in learning more about Ellicott City's history, check out my book on Ellicott City at www.ellicottcitybook.com.

Marsha Wight Wise

Anonymous said...

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Janet Kincaid said...

Marsha: Thank you for the information. Finding Ellicott City was one of those accidental surprises I stumbled on and was delighted to find. I'll be sure to check out your book!

Kipp: Thank you for the information. I'll make a point of stopping by the site you suggest.