The B & O Railroad Museum
Baltimore, MD 21233
Twenty-four years after the laying of the first stone and the beginning of construction, the last rail of the 379 mile line from Mt. Clare in Baltimore to Wheeling on the Ohio River was laid. Eighteen miles southeast of Wheeling, West Virginia, near the spot where the track closing took place and final spike was driven, was a huge glacial rock, named for Roseby Carr, the superintendent for laying the rails on that portion of the line. Carr and his track crew celebrated the historic accomplishment as the first locomotive passed the site.
This reproduction of one of a series of fourteen original oil paintings which now hang in the B & O Railroad Museum done in full color at the 100th anniversary of the founding of the railroad, known as "Fair of the Iron Horse," to tell the story of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad in pictures.