Elkton’s Second Depot Opened in 1855

Elkton’s depression era station replaced a depot that had somehow managed to outlive its usefulness in just 80 years. It was in 1855, that the Philadelphia, Wilmington & Baltimore Railroad Company decided to replace the first station, which had been built when the railroad first arrived in town in the late 1830s. The company purchased five acres of land on the Howard farm at the edge of town and proceeded to building a “handsome brick station house,” which was similar in size and appearance to the one in Chester. It included separate waiting rooms for the ladies and gentlemen, as well a ticket and telegraph office. But by the time the great depression rolled around the county seat needed a modern facility. Once the 80 year old structure was no longer of use to the railroad company it was sold and moved to Locust Point where it was used as a summer cottage.

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A steam locomotive rumbles past the 1855 station in this postcard from about 1912

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