The Granite Railway in Quincy, Massachusetts
One of the First Railways in the United States was the Granite Railway first constructed and opened in 1826, after six months of construction. As one of the first built in the US, outside of preserved sections and memorials, no trace of the route exists today.
The railroad's construction showed promise of the new technology, which at the time was met with skepticism, as the canal was the preferred form of transit at the time, having been proven by such large projects as the Erie Canal.
|US Department of the Interior Map, Wikipedia Commons|
While predated by the Leiper Railway, this may have been the first chartered common-carrier railroad in the United States, but there are quite a few operations that can lay at least some claim to being the 'first' railroad in the US.
|A three-car, horse-drawn train on the Granite Railway at East Milton Square c1855. (Wikipedia Commons)|
|Image: 1934 Preservation of the Inclined portion of the Granite Railway (ASCE).|
|Granite Railway Marker. Image: Pi on Wikipedia Commons|