Inspired by: Train a-Travelin’
On July 4, 1832, Charles Fall dropped the ornate stone into place, and the audience burst out into applause. He waved and smiled at the adoring public. After several minutes the cheers died out, and Charles addressed the people.
“Thank you for joining us on this monumental day. From this auspicious place in Beacon, a great railroad will sprawl out into the west. Ohio will be the first of many connected to this great city!”
The crowd broke out into another applause, and once again, Charles waved ecstatically. He had worked for years to get this railroad under construction. While other cities built massive canals, he worked tirelessly on the railroad, believing it will be a longer-lasting, efficient mode of commerce.
“This railroad will not only bring us goods from the west to our port but also allow Marylanders to be on the frontier’s precipice. I encourage you to go west and illuminate those you met about our fair city.
“Invite the world into our home and show them that this is the shining beacon of civilization we strive to be!”
The audience cheered, whistled, hooted, and hollered. Charles took one last look at the adoring public and waved farewell.