By 1902 the trolley company had reached Laurel, about 15 miles from
Washington DC, and built this terminal at 6th and Main. One accident
involved the trolley failing to stop, and rolling down to the Patuxent
During the early 20th century, anticipating that few people would want the
newfangled invention called the automobile, the trolley company made
grand plans for an interurban line that would continue northeast to
Annapolis Junction, and/or connect with the Catonsville - Ellicott City
trolley, which was operated by an associated corporation.
But by comparison to Prince George's County, Howard County to the north
was relatively deserted. The lack of demand plus the rise of the
automobile squelched extension plans. Instead, during the first half
of the 20th century, the trolleys were gradually shifted from private
to public holdings, and then supplanted by buses.