Gaithersburg, Maryland

John Cowgill: Stories of the Railroad

Old Train Station, Gaithersburg, Maryland

The town of Log Town in the U.S. state of Maryland was established 1765 as a small agricultural town of farmers on the ‘Great Road West’. The town became famous for a large oak tree on the main road, and, in 1850, was named Forest Oak. The town was centered on the ‘Great West Road’ until 1873. What changed? The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad had arrived.

The Old Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Freight House

Area farmers were able to ship their produce to other towns. It was named and incorporated as Gaithersburg in 1878 after Benjamin Gaither, a man who had built his home next to the oak tree. The town grew around the railroad as a freight house and train station were built in 1884. Gaithersburg became a summer getaway spot from Washington D.C. as the railroad was a means to escape from the…

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