How Rails Saved a Seaport

John W. Garrett turned the pioneer Baltimore & Ohio into a great instrument for tapping the treasure of the West


On June 1, 1881, the morning train from New York arrived in Baltimore on schedule at 2 P.M. Its most distinguished passenger, a large, heavy-set man in his early sixties, stared eagerly from the window of his private palace car as the train was broken up and shunted aboard the ferry steamer Canton for the trip across Baltimore Harbor to the B&O piers at Locust Point.