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Baltimore Civil War Museum, Baltimore

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The President Street Station in Baltimore, Maryland, is a former train station and railroad terminal. Built in 1849 and opened in February 1850, the station saw the some of the earliest bloodshed of the American Civil War, and was an important rail link during the conflicts. Today, it is the country's oldest surviving big-city railroad terminal in the United States and is home since its restoration/reconstruction/renovation in April 1997, to the Baltimore Civil War Museum.
The Baltimore and Port Deposit Rail Road (B&PD), founded in 1832, completed a rail line from Baltimore to the western shore of the Susquehanna River in 1837. The railroad’s Baltimore terminus was on the east side of the "Basin" (now known as the Inner Harbor), at the southern end of President Street. The B&PD exchanged freight cars with the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad (B&O), (oldest railroad line in the country - established 1827) which had built a track (along Pratt Street) to the eastern Basin harbor area from its original Mount Clare depot on the western side of the central business district. The B&PD and its merger successor company, the Philadelphia, Wilmington and Baltimore Railroad (PW&B), transferred passengers to the B&O's first downtown depot at East Pratt and South Charles streets by a horse-drawn car on B&O's connecting track. (The Baltimore City Council prohibited the operation of locomotives on this track for reasons of frightening horses and fears of fires). By 1838, the PW&B was carrying passengers from further northeast through Philadelphia to Baltimore, where they could transfer to the B&O and continue west to Ohio or by a new branch line further south to the national capital at Washington, D.C.
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  • We were greeted by Paul-Allan Louis who proceeded to give us a very informative and charming introduction to this great little museum. If you are a civil war buff, you will love this place - we...  more »
  • This is the best hidden gem of the city! I took my son and I here today for one of the greatest museum moments we've had together. Mr. Paul Allen is such a kind, attentive, and well versed in History especially Baltimore history. My son Dominic and Paul had quite the conversation about President Lincoln. If you love history like we do then by all means go visit the museum. Thank you again Paul Allen for your hospitality, and kindness. Bill Lanasa Baltimore Md
  • This is a neat little museum that covers the very specific topic of Baltimore's role in the civil war. The station itself is also historic as a RR junction point. There is also a little display relating to the Winchester riffle and the banjo (the only? instrument invented in America). Very conveniently located, and admission is cheap. Check it out!

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