Camden Station

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Built between 1856 and 1857 at a cost of $600,000, Camden Station is a grand reminder of the long history of the B&O Railroad in Baltimore. Designed by Niernsee and Neilson with contributions by architect Joseph F. Kemp, the station served as a passenger and freight station through the 1980s.

One of Camden Station's most notable passengers was President Abraham Lincoln who travelled through the station in February 1861, on his way to his inauguration in Washington, DC, again in 1863 on his way to Gettysburg, in 1864 to make a speech in Baltimore, and finally in 1865 when his funeral train from Washington, DC to Springfield, Illinois made its first stop in Baltimore.

The B&O Railroad left Camden Station in 1971 and sold the building to the Maryland Stadium Authority. Fortunately, the Maryland Stadium Authority integrated the building into the design for Camden Yards stadium and commissioned the firm of Cho, Wilks and Benn to restore the facade to its 1867 appearance. Since 2005, the building is occupied by the Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards.

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Camden Station and the Great Railroad Strike of 1877

Video created by William Carroll for the UMBC Practices in Public History course with Dr. Denise Meringolo. Images courtesy the Rare Book & Manuscript Library of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Archives & Special Collections - University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries, and the B&O Railroad Museum.

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Camden Station, 1869

Excerpt showing the area around Camden Station from the E. Sachse, & Co.'s Bird's Eye View of the City of Baltimore, 1869. Published 1870.

Image courtesy the Library of Congress Geography and Map Division, G3844.B2A3 1869 .S3 Vault.

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Eli Pousson, “Camden Station,” Explore Baltimore Heritage, accessed September 2, 2014, http:/​/​explore.​baltimoreheritage.​org/​items/​show/​170.​
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