Passenger rail service began for the very first time in the history of the United States on this day in 1830, as the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad started its inaugural route. Just two years earlier, American Revolutionary leader laid the first stone for the line of track running thirteen miles from Baltimore, Maryland to the industrial Ellicott City. As rail travel increased in popularity over the next few decades, the railroad extended to several states, including Ohio, Virginia and Illinois. Once the oldest railway in the United States, the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad was discontinued in 1971 after Amtrak took over operating controls for intercity passenger service.
“Railway termini are our gates to the glorious and the unknown. Through them we pass out into adventure and sunshine, to them, alas! We return.” —