Baltimore & Ohio Railroad artist excursion, 1858

Following its 1857 grand banquet, the B & O hosted an artists’ excursion in 1858 to show off its dramatic vistas and massive tunnels. The men and women took turns riding precariously on the cowcatcher, Harper’s Weekly reported, to get a "better view of the grand scenes which were opening before and around them . . . such was the confidence felt in the steadiness and docility of the mighty steed."

About this Document

  • Source: Artists' excursion, 1858
  • Author: Unknown
  • Publisher: Z24.485 Courtesy of Maryland Historical Society
  • Date: 1858