B&O Railroad: Closing of the Track, 1852
- from the Wheeling Intelligencer, December 28, 1852
THE CLOSING OF THE TRACK OF THE BALTIMORE AND OHIO RAILROAD
The track from Cumberland, under the superintendence of Mr. ROSEBERRY CARR, and that from Wheeling directed by Mr. R. CARR, JR., were joined on the evening of the 24th inst., at five minutes after 6 o'clock.
The junction took place upon the 188th section, about 21/2 miles east of the Grave Creek Station.
After the last rail had been fixed in its place, Mr. CARR made the following short address to his men:
"We have now laid the last bar of the long link of Railroad which connects the Chesapeake Bay and the waters of the Ohio; and I call upon all to give three hearty cheers for our President, THOMAS SWAN, and three more for our Chief Engineer, BENJAMIN H. LATROBE. May they both live to make many more connexions of the western waters and the seaboard."
The cheers were most heartily given by the large united parties of tracklayers, and then the hills once more resounded to "three more for ROSEBERRY CARR, SR."
This done, the men, tired with a hard day's service, retired to their camp.