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Locating the Site 

Map 1: The Goal of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad

 

 The Goal of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad

 

The goal of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad was to connect Baltimore, Maryland with the Ohio River near Wheeling, Virginia (now part of West Virginia). The railroad would connect the transportation of goods flowing north and south on the Ohio River with the port of Baltimore.

Questions for Map 1
  1. The locations along the B&O’s route are identified with the year that the railroad company constructed the line to that point. How many years did it take the B&O Railroad to build its line from Baltimore to Wheeling, Virginia?

  2. How long did it take the B&O to build its line from Baltimore to Washington, D.C.?

  3. Baltimore, Washington, and Wheeling are all located next to a similar geographical feature. What is it?

  4. What obstacles might the builders of the B&O Railroad have encountered? 
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