Traveling on the Railroad

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100th Anniversary
This 1863 broadside for the Peninsular Railroad Line shows how the railroad improved the efficiency of transportation on the Delmarva Peninsula.

Traveling on the Railroad

The railroad was an important means of traveling in the last half of the 19th century. Most small towns in Delaware were connected to the cities by rail. There is a intermingled history of the railroads in Delaware collaborating with each other and with Baltimore, Wilmington and Philadelphia including the eastern shore of Virginia.

Broadsides are located in the Department of State Collection. Other broadsides focus on advertisements, civil war, education, government, politics, private disputes, revolutionary war, slavery, temperance, transportation and World War II era. The rest of Department of State collection includes records associated with the Office of the Secretary of State and the divisions within the department including the Division of Corporations to Historical and Cultural Affairs.