The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, the first railway designed for commercial transport, was established in 1827 and construction began on the Fourth of July, 1828. Wires along the B & O route eventually carried Samuel F. B. Morse’s first telegraph message, “What Hath God Wrought?” from the Supreme Court room in the U.S. Capitol to the depot in Mt. Clare, Maryland. The reverse of Hans Schuler’s medal shows Peter Cooper’s famous “Tom Thumb” engine used in the B & O’s early years.
B and O Railroad Centennial Celebration Medal
- Not on view
- 2 1⁄2 in. (6.3 cm) diam.
- Credit Line
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Gift of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad
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- Allegory – arts and sciences – transportation
- Figure male – nude
- Allegory – quality – fortitude
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