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Baltimore Sun January 2, 2014 by Kevin E. Dayhoff: Westminster celebrated New Year in 1897 with new train station
Baltimore Sun January 2, 2014 by Kevin E. Dayhoff: Westminster celebrated New Year in 1897 with new train station http://kevindayhoff.blogspot.com/2015/10/baltimore-sun-january-2-2014-by-kevin-e.html
Several readers recently contacted me and were looking for this article from January 2, 2014 by Kevin E. Dayhoff: Westminster celebrated New Year in 1897 with new train station [Eagle Archive] January 2, 2014 by Kevin E. Dayhoff
The big news for the New Year's celebrations in Westminster in 1897 was the opening less than a week before of a new train station in town. Westminster celebrated new year in 1897 with new train station [Eagle Archive]
According to research for the Historical Society of Carroll County by Jay Graybeal, the Democratic Advocate newspaper reported the opening of the station on Dec. 26, 1896.
A big deal was made over the fact that the station had indoor bathrooms: "Toilet rooms for ladies and gentlemen open from each of the waiting rooms… and the mirror in the ladies' department is already in active operation."
Like many areas, the growth of the county was linked to the presence of a train. Much of the expansion of the industrial, commercial and employment base in Carroll after the Civil War, for example, was partially due to the fact the railroad had arrived in 1861.
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