At one time, B&O considered starting its Metropolitan Branch (the
shortcut that connects Washington and the Old Main Line) near here.
The route would have followed the Patuxent River, then branched
to Gaithersburg, then up to the OML. This was known as the
During the 1880s the route was also considered by the Baltimore, Cincinnati
and Western, a competing railroad that never materialized.
Had such a route been built, land development in central Maryland
would have progressed quite differently (for example, less undeveloped
room for the town of Columbia?).