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c. 1913 tower, waiting shed; c. 1930 freight and passenger building; 1993 restored. 8614 Chestnut Ave.

Rare surviving examples of a once commonplace small-scale railroad junction, these three frame structures served as the Pennsylvania Railroad’s depot complex at the Washington and Popes Creek branches. The two-story interlocking tower housed the critical function of controlling all the signals and switches in the vicinity of the Bowie junction. The tower, a waiting shed, and a combination freight and passenger building were moved approximately fifty feet from the active Amtrak right-of-way and preserved by the City of Bowie as a small community museum highlighting the local role of the railroad.

Writing Credits

Lisa Pfueller Davidson and Catherine C. Lavoie



  • 1912


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Lisa Pfueller Davidson and Catherine C. Lavoie, "BOWIE RAILROAD BUILDINGS", [Bowie, Maryland], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Maryland, Lisa Pfueller Davidson and Catherine C. Lavoie. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2022, 293-293.

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