Route 1 follows the path of the the oldest road between Baltimore
and Washington. Long ago it was converted from a toll-based turnpike
into a US Highway, and still carries much traffic.
This is one of few remaining places that you can still see evidence of
the B&O name from before it was absorbed into the Chessie System and
CSX Transportation. Notice the fading "Baltimore & Ohio" painted on
the 1931-dated bridge. At least two different paint jobs are represented
in the zoom at right: that's the E of Baltimore followed by a B&O herald
and ampersand palimpsest.
The portion of US 1 seen here was built during the 1920s to bypass
downtown Elkridge and the railroad's grade crossing at Main Street.
Back in 1829, B&O had to cross the same turnpike at a location
farther north (now the Morrell Park area of Baltimore) and there built
Jackson's Bridge, a 100+ foot wooden span that carried the road
over the railroad.
Near the distant sunlit area, during the 1800s the turnpike spanned
the Patapsco River via a bridge whose tolls were so reviled that
in 1866 toll gate keeper David White was murdered. As of 2023,
the bridge edition dated 1953 remains on duty.
murder at the toll bridge