In 1827, the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad became the first U.S. company granted a charter for transporting both passengers and freight. However, the company struggled to produce a steam engine capable of traveling over rough and uneven terrain, instead relying on horse-drawn trains. Enter industrialist Peter Cooper: Cooper, who not coincidentally owned extensive land holdings over the proposed route of the railroad (the value of which would grow dramatically if the railroad succeeded), offered to design and build just such an engine. On August 28, 1830, Cooper’s engine, which he called the “Tom Thumb,” was undergoing testing on B&O tracks near Baltimore when a horse-drawn train pulled up alongside it and challenged Cooper (and “Tom Thumb”) to a race. Cooper accepted, and the race was on. The steam engine quickly roared into the lead, but when a belt broke loose it was forced to retire, and the horse crossed the finish line first. However, B&O executives, impressed with the massive power and speed Cooper’s engine had proven capable of, made the decision to convert their fledgling railroad to steam. The B&O became one of the most successful railways in the United States, and Cooper (with his newly minted fortune) went on to a career as an investor and philanthropist, donating the money for New York’s Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art.
Impeccably landscaped front and back, beautiful hardwood and tile flooring, neutral paint palette, extensive balconies for entertaining, built-ins and amazing attention to detail throughout! Open concept island kitchen with Quartz counters, breakfast bar and Stainless Steel appliances overlooks sunny breakfast nook. Study with French doors; elegant and spacious formal dining; den with gas log fireplace; sun room. Master retreat down has luxurious bath; three bedrooms and game room up with fireplace (could be second master suite). Large fenced yard features covered patio, wood deck, sparkling pool and spa.