Universally recognized as the birthplace of American railroading.

Mt. Clare Station and Yard 
The Birthplace of American Railroading 

The B&O Railroad Museum’s 40-acre historic site, called Mt. Clare, is a National Historic Landmark and is the original site where the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad began building America’s first commercial railroad in 1829. The site’s buildings and structures hold a unique and significant place in American history. The site saw the first passenger and freight station in the United States and is also the first railroad manufacturing complex in the country. 

Recognized as the birthplace of American railroading, the museum’s site represents the vision, establishment, development, and creation of the first common carrier railroad in the Western Hemisphere. The first 1.5 miles of mainline railroad right of way carries visitors to the site where the First Stone of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad was laid on July 4, 1828. The Mt. Clare Shops, established here in March 1829, are the oldest continually operating railroad shops in the world. 

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Mt. Clare Station (1851)

B&O Passenger Car Works (1869-70)

Roundhouse (1884)

Annex Building (1891)

Tender Kitchen Ruins (1919)

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Did You Know?

The first instance of telecommunications, a telegram sent by Samuel Morse, was received at Mt Clare Station in 1838.

Janet F.
Morgantown, WV

As you moved through the roundhouse it felt like you were following a cohesive storyline through the early history of the railroad.

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