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Cheat River

Artist:
Unknown (American)
Date:
1850s
Medium:
Salted paper print from glass negative
Dimensions:
15.9 x 15.4 cm. (6 1/4 x 6 1/16 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Purchase, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Gift, through Joyce and Robert Menschel, 1991
Accession Number:
1991.1153
Not on view
This early industrial landscape shows a Baltimore & Ohio locomotive pulling six cars and crossing the Cheat River in West Virginia. Chartered on February 27, 1827, the B&O was America's first common railroad carrier. The railroad crossed the Cheat River at the little town of Rowlesburg, West Virginia, and climbed the steep grade westbound through the Allegheny Mountains in northern West Virginia and western Maryland. The photograph could easily serve as an illustration for the classic motivational children's story The Little Engine That Could (1930).
Inscription: Inscribed in pencil on print verso LC: "Cheat River"; UL: "2.5.5"
Archives of Baltimore and Ohio Railroad; purchased in 1989 by a New York collector at Sotheby's, New York.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Old Faces and Places: American Photographs, 1845-1870," February 3, 2004–April 25, 2004.

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