The B&O Railroad Depot in Pittsburgh
The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad was one of the oldest railroads in the United States. In 1871, the B&O established lines into Pittsburgh, which became an important hub in their east-west empire. In 1887, the B&O Railroad Depot building, along with a growing network of boarding platforms, warehouses and mechanical stations, was built along the north shore of the Monongahela River, extending from Smithfield Street along Second Avenue for over a mile.
The B&O Railroad's Pittsburgh Division flourished through the 1920s. The Great Depression saw a large drop in business. World War II, with the transportation of troops, machinery and supplies, helped reverse the decline. The end of the war saw another irreversible decline.
The original railroad depot was razed in the 1955 during construction of the Penn-Lincoln Parkway, and a new building was constructed at the foot of Grant Street. The railroad continued it's Pittsburgh operation, but continual declines in business eventually led to a merger with CSX Transportation in 1987. The Pittsburgh depot was closed and the B&O rail yards were demolished. The land was reclaimed and today the Allegheny County Jail and the PNC Bank Firstside Center stand on land once owned by the railroad.
Photos of the B&O Rail Depot in Pittsburgh
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