John Work Garrett became the president of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad in 1858. During the Civil War he dedicated use of the railroad to the Union cause. He was also influential in Maryland politics and the development of Western Maryland. When the last county in Maryland was granted the right to rule itself, the state decided to name it after Garrett. Oakland, the county seat, grew into a resort destination once the railroad arrived. Even the railroad built a hotel in Oakland to accommodate the tourists who came to escape the heat and humidity of summer in Baltimore and Washington D.C.
The station was designed by E. Francis Baldwin who designed many of the B & O’s stations including the famous on at Point of Rocks, Maryland. It was used as a passenger station until the 1970’s and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1974. The city of Oakland currently owns the station and operates it as a railroad museum.
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