The Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum, Chesapeake Beach, Maryland

John Cowgill: Stories of the Railroad

The Old Chesapeake Beach Train Station in Chesapeake Beach, Maryland, Home of the Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum

Today, you visit the town of Chesapeake Beach in the U.S. state of Maryland, and you see a town on the west coast of the Chesapeake Bay. As a suburb of Washington D.C., people come here to do some fine dining with the view of the bay.

That was not always the case.

A Map of the Original Town. The Map is Courtesy of the Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum

It was the late nineteenth century. A group of men wanted to build a resort town on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay where the people of Washington D.C. could escape the big city. The resort featured a beach, a roller coaster, a carousel, a band shell, a casino, and a hotel. At the time, not as many people owned automobiles so getting peopleā€¦

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