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Dilts, James D. The Great Road: The Building of the Baltimore and Ohio, the Nation's First Railroad, 1828-1853. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1993.
Flexner, James Thomas. Steamboats Come True. Boston: Little, Brown, 1978.
Annotation / Notes: Did James Rumsey really invent the steamboat with his famous voyage in the Potomac River off Shepherdstown, Virginia on December 3, 1787? No. This somewhat disorganized but invigorating rendition of the race to be the steamboat's inventor sets things straight.
Friedenberg, Robert V. "John A. J. Creswell of Maryland: Reformer in the Post Office." Maryland Historical Magazine 64 (1969): 133-143.
Hulbert, Archer Butler. Washington and the West. New York: Century, 1905.
Annotation / Notes: In presenting his annotated version of Washington's 1784 diary of his exploration of the wild and uncharted area between the Potomac and Ohio rivers, Hulbert makes the case that the "father of his country" was also the father of the National Road, the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal, and the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad.
Jacobs, Charles, and Marian Waters. "Matthew Fields and the Montgomery County Sentinel." Montgomery County Story 36 (May 1993): 249-60.
Larkin, Oliver W. Samuel F. B. Morse and American Democratic Art. Boston: Little, Brown, 1954.
Annotation / Notes: Includes a chapter on the first practical test of the telegraph, which took place in Maryland.
Mabee, Carleton. The American Leonardo: A Life of Samuel F. B. Morse. New York: Knopf, 1943.
Annotation / Notes: A good general biography that includes a deft introduction by historian Allan Nevins and a dramatic rendition of the political intrigue that surrounded the first practical test of the telegraph.
Mellin, Jack. "Memories of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge." Anne Arundel County History Notes 25 (October 1993): 5-6.
Mellin, Jack. "More State Road Stories." Glades Star 7 (March 1995): 531-35.
Morse, Edward Lind, ed. Samuel F. B. Morse, His Letters and Journals. 2 vols. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin, 1914.
Annotation / Notes: Morse's son edited this volume, which includes illustrations of Morse's paintings and notes and diagrams relating to the telegraph. See also Oliver W. Larkin, Carleton Mabee, S. I. Prime, and Robert Luther Thompson for information on the American artist and inventor who gave the country its first practical elecromagnetic telegraph.
Prime, Samuel I. The Life of Samuel F. B. Morse, LL. D. New York: D. Appleton, 1875. Reprint, New York: Arno Press, [1974].
Annotation / Notes: Contains valuable information and correspondence concerning the inventor of the telegraph in America.
Rideing, W. H. "The Old National Pike." Harper's New Monthly Magazine (November 1879): 801-816.
Annotation / Notes: The railroad and canal had superseded the old pike as carriers of passengers and heavy freight respectively by the time the author hired a team at Frederick to take him to Cumberland, but the characters he met and the stories they told bring the road to life.
Rohm, Pamela. "Another Prize-Winning Pike Story." Maryland Cracker Barrel 19 (January 1990): 11.
Semmes, John E. John H. B. Latrobe and His Times, 1803-1891. Baltimore: Norman Remington, 1917.
Annotation / Notes: John H. B. Latrobe, one of the architect's sons, was for most of his life the lawyer for the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. He knew many of the famous men of his time, from Webster and Taney to Tocqueville and Poe. This biography by one of his law partners contains unique information on these famous figures as well as on 19th century transportation in Maryland and elsewhere. The narrative, unfortunately, is disjointed and confused in terms of chronology and voice.
Semmes, John E. "Some More State Road Stories." Glades Star 7 (June 1995): 573-75.
Stakem, Patrick H. "T. H. Paul, Master Locomotive Builder of Frostburg, Maryland." Journal of the Alleghenies 33 (1997): 73-82.
Stakem, Patrick H. "State Road Stories." Glades Star 7 (December 1994): 494-95.
Stuart, Charles B. Lives and Works of Civil and Military Engineers of America. New York: Van Nostrand, 1871.
Annotation / Notes: Because of the National Road, the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal, and the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, Maryland was a training ground for the nation's 19th century civil engineers and bridge designers. Stuart's book, though dated, has chapters on several nationally-important individuals who learned their trade on one of more of these state public works.
Thwaites, Reuben Gold. Early Western Travels, 1748-1846. 31 vols. Cleveland: Arthur H. Clark, 1907.
Annotation / Notes: Thwaites,"historian extraordinaire," was to early travel accounts in America what Archer Butler Hulbert was to the early means of transportation, that is one of its greatest chroniclers. Extremely prolific, like Butler, Thwaites wrote other books on western Indians, rivers, and exploration besides his multi-volume western travels series whose various accounts include references to transportation in Maryland and Baltimore. Frederick Jackson Turner delivered a memorial address on Thwaites in 1916.
Vrooman, David M. Daniel Willard and Progressive Management on the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad. Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 1991.
Vrooman, David M. "Doing the Right Thing: The B&O Presidency of Daniel Willard." Railroad History 165 (Autumn 1991): 83-98.
White, John H., Jr. The American Locomotive, Its Development: 1830-1880. 1968; Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1979.
Annotation / Notes: This first of a trilogy of works by one of America's greatest current railroad historians contains material on the Baltimore and Ohio and other early railroads in Maryland and their engineers and equipment.
White, Roger B. "All Trains Ran to Naval Academy Junction: An Oral History of an Odenton Landmark." Anne Arundel County History Notes 23 (January 1992): 1, 7-9, 16.
White, Roger B. "A Presidential Train Wreck." Maryland 22 (Summer 1990): 56-57.
Winchester, Paul. Graphic Sketches from the History of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. Vol. 1. Baltimore: n.p., 1927.
Annotation / Notes: A peculiar but fascinating book that recounts the titanic struggle between the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad and progressive politics on one side and the Pennsylvania Railroad and its ally, the Maryland Democratic ring, on the other. The author was evidently a B&O company secretary who seems to have had access to all of the important meetings and strategy sessions.