B&O Railroad Potomac River Crossing

Also known as: Baltimore and Ohio Railroad crossing of the Potomac River between Maryland Heights, Maryland and Harpers Ferry, West Virginia
At the confluence of the Potomac & Shenandoah Rivers, Harpers Ferry, WV


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Harpers Ferry National Historic Park, West Virginia. Photograph taken from Maryland Heights, Maryland, USA. The Shenandoah River (left side of the image) flows into the Potomac River. On the left is a steel Pratt truss and plate girder bridge built in 1894. On the right is a deck plate girder bridge, built 1931. Both bridges were built by the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad.

Photo taken by MONGO

License: Public domain: Released by author

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Street View 


Listed on the National Register of Historic Places on February 14, 1978.

Also extends into Washington County, MD.

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on February 14, 1978
Reference number
NR name
B & O Railroad Potomac River Crossing
Architectural style
Other architectural type; Bollman Truss
Areas of significance
Industry; Commerce; Engineering; Transportation; Invention
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic function
Current function
Periods of significance
1875-1899; 1850-1874; 1825-1849; 1925-1949
Significant years
1851; 1894; 1931
Number of properties
Contributing structures: 4
Contributing sites: 1

Update Log 

  • April 2, 2022: New Street View added by Michael Miller
  • December 29, 2014: Added by Michael Miller