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Small Town... With a Spectacular History

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Small Town... With a Spectacular History

Felix G. Robinson

Oakland, Maryland? Never heard of it. Well—it happens to be the oldest town on top of any mountain in the world to have a railroad station.

One hundred twelve years ago a grunting engine was pulling stagecoach cars up a seventeen-mile grade in the heart of the Allegheny Mountains on rails laid along the edge of a forested canyon and across a frothing creek. The Iron Horse had strode up the mountain and taken a deep drink from the Youghiogheny River. Never had a steam locomotive done this before. Once buffaloes could be seen grazing in the mountain-top glades through which the tracks were laid to the West.

Here at one of the multiple headwaters of the vast Mississippi Valley a town collected itself around this station of the Baltimore and


Felix G. Robinson

Artist's sketch of Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Station, Oakland, Maryland. This was built in 1884. The station was established in 1851. Thus Oakland has the oldest railroad station on top of any mountain in the world. This sketch was made in August 1962 by Arnold Bank, Professor of Calligraphy in the College of Fine Arts, Carnegie Institute of Technology, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.


Collection Location:
Ruth Enlow Library, Oakland

Original Size:
22 x 15 cms

Maryland, History

Western Maryland, 1750-1963

Western Maryland Regional Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

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