The first European to settler the area we know as Harford County was John Smith in 1608 when he traveled up the Chesapeake Bay. In 1622, the English and Susquehannock Indians signed a treaty for the area and the county was officially formed in 1774 from the eastern part of Baltimore County. There’s a lot more to the story as we’ll learn from Diane and Jeff Caslow on their next installment of their county-by-county journey.
In the 1930s, Maryland’s State Road Commission hired a photography company to document bridge construction projects. Those photos survive and were converted into an interactive map by the Maryland Department of Transportation – and we’ve curated a great tour of some of the most historic and interesting.
On February 28, 1827, Chapter 123 of the 1826 Session Laws of Maryland passed a law enabling the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad to be chartered as the first U.S. railway for commercial transport of passengers and freight. In addition, it was the first intercity railroad in the United States. Stakeholders in the B&O had hoped Baltimore, which was the second largest U.S. city at the time, would successfully compete with New York for western trade.