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The first revenue trains in the United States began service on the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad between Baltimore, Maryland and Ellicott’s Mills, Maryland, 180 years ago, on May 24, 1830.

This James Benney III’s 1889 photograph of Baltimore and Ohio Railroad passenger platform in the downtown Pittsburgh, PA, is courtesy of Historic Pittsburgh Image Collection. The station pictured was designed by Frank Furness in 1877 and later was demolished and replaced by a new station on lower Grant Street.

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120 years ago, on November 11, 1889, Washington Territory, which had existed since 1853, was admitted to the Union and became the 42nd U.S. state.
The two images below — a lantern slide and a bird’s-eye view — picture Seattle (the largest city of Washington Territory) and Mt. Vernon (one of the Territory’s smaller towns) shortly before admission to the Union. Seattle was incorporated 20 years, and Mt. Vernon only 4 months before the Washington Territory became Washington state. Images courtesy of King County Snapshots digital collection and Western Waters Digital Library.

Horse-drawn streetcar at Front Street and James, Seattle, ca. 1887

Horse-drawn streetcar at Front Street and James, Seattle, ca. 1887

Mt. Vernon, Washington territory (1889)

Mt. Vernon, Washington territory (1889)

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209 years ago, on April 24, 1800, the U.S. Library of Congress was established in Washington, D.C.
The Opening History aggregation includes 32 digital collections created or hosted by the Library of Congress, ranging in size from 32 items (Parallel Histories: Spain, the United States, and the American Frontier collection) to 62,976 items (Music for the Nation: American Sheet Music, 1820-1860, 1870-1885 collection) and covering a wide range of topics.
The image below, courtesy of one of the smaller Library of Congress’ digital collections, John C. H. Grabill Collection, features three men and a dog, washing an panning gold in a stream near Rockerville, South Dakota, a photograph taken by John Grabill in 1889.

We have it rich: washing and panning gold, Rockerville, Dakota

"We have it rich": washing and panning gold, Rockerville, Dakota. Old timers Spriggs, Lamb, and Dillon at work


Almost two hundred thousands of items (198,306 to be precise) from the Library of Congress digital collections in Opening History aggregation nicely complement those in Library of Congress Flickr photostream.

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