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Delmarva Railroads The Early Years by Harold W. Hurst In the 1830s, the Delmarva Peninsula was a backward region with a declining population and a stagnant economy. Isolated geographically from the growing industrial centers of the Middle Atlantic area, its future seemed gloomy indeed. In the following decades the economic picture gradually brightened as a result of agricultural reforms,

the development of steamboat facilities on the Chesapeake Bay and the Delaware River, and the rise of the seafood processing and canning industries. But it was the construction of the railroad lines that really spurred economic growth in the 1850s and, again, after the Civil War. The rails brought economic prosperity and

Steam locomotive travel was the wave of the future. 45

December 2011 Tidewater Times  

December 2011 Tidewater Times

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