The artist envisions the lasting legacy of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad.
"Write, paint, sketch, and chisel that when ten, and thrice ten, hundred years are gone, and our fires shall be quenched, our iron bodies heaps of rust, the noble archways that have borne us over rivers and mountain gorges shall have crumbled into ruin, the stranger (perhaps a winged tourist from some other sphere), finding a mossy stone carved with the letters B. & 0. R. R., may know that they stand for 'Baltimore and Ohio Railroad,' the grandest and most renowned work of its age!" Part of the article "Artists' Excursion Over The Baltimore & Ohio Rail Road."