Olson, Sherry H.Baltimore: The Building of an American City. Revised edition. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1997.
Annotation / Notes: The product of a geographer, this excellent history of Baltimore focuses on its physical growth as an urban center. Special emphasis is placed on how the city, and its inhabitants, handled the changes brought about by city growth.
Calhoun, David Hovey.The American Civil Engineer. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1960.
Annotation / Notes: Discusses Benjamin Henry Latrobe as engineer and other early civil engineers in Maryland whose work on the state's turnpikes, canals, and railroads laid the foundation for the civil engineering profession in America.
Carmer, Carl.The Susquehanna. New York: Rinehart, 1955.
Annotation / Notes: One of the prestigious "Rivers of America" series, and for Marylanders a book-end volume to Frederick Gutheim's The Potomac. This is popular history at its best: powerfully-written, anecdotal--and what anecdotes! The story of Thomas Cresap is alone worth checking the book out of the library. Covers the downriver ark traffic and the attempts of steamboats to conquer the rocky and unruly Susquehanna.
Annotation / Notes: A good deal of important early information on the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad is contained in two volumes, one of text and the other of maps and illustrations, by the French economist and advocate of industrial development as the key to social progress. Other railroads and canals are also given extensive treatment.
Colburn, Zerah.The Locomotive Engine: Including a Description of its Structure, Rules for Estimating its Capabilities, and Practical Observations on its Construction and Management. Philadelphia: Henry Carey Baird, 1854.
Annotation / Notes: Railroad historian John H. White, Jr. describes the author as "a leading authority on locomotive engineering and one of the most gifted technical writers of the nineteenth century," and his book as "a small but valuable manual." It includes material on the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad and its greatest early locomotive builder, Ross Winans.
Colburn, Zerah.Locomotive Engineering, and the Mechanism of Railways: a Treatise on the Principles and Construction of the Locomotive Engine, Railway Carriages, and Railway Plant. London: Glasgow, W. Collins, sons, and company, 1871.
Annotation / Notes: No-one wrote better about the steam locomotive than Colburn, who was also a founder and editor of American engineering journals. This last of his great works was published a year after his suicide.
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