Take a journey through the history of the railroad by way of United States Postage Stamps. A 1952 three cent stamp honors the 125 year anniversary of the B & O Railroad. The B & O Railroad was chartered by merchants hoping to extend their trade into the western United States. Remembered as the nation's first common carrier, the B & O received it's name from the original starting point Baltimore and it's intended final destination the Ohio River.
Continue your ride to Chicago's Union Station where on May 20, 1982 the two cent stamp was unveiled honoring the 1870s steam locomotive with it's funnel-shaped smokestack. The Transcontinental Railroad was honored in 1944, 75 years after the last spike was driven into the ground. Promontory Summit, Utah the year 1869 delivered the last spike of the Transcontinental to join the Central Pacific and the Union Pacific Railroad companies. Ride the rail from Utah to Cleveland, Ohio, August 26, 1999 and get aboard the Daylight and 20th Century Limited luxury passenger train 33 cent stamps. The final stop on the journey honors the 1880s Handcar by way of the 1983 three cent stamp.
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