Baltimore officials and B&O Railroad Museum announce partnership to initiate a $2.5 million fundraising campaign. The donations will be utilized to construct a state-of-art stable for the Baltimore Police Department’s mounted unit.
The department’s mounted unit was established in 1881, making it one of the oldest in the nation. The unit includes seven horses, which are housed in a building downtown, formerly utilized as a car dealership.
The proposed project includes stables, an educational facility and railroad station stop, all of which will be built on the museum’s property in West Baltimore. Museum visitors will be able to access the stables from the old rail tracks that are in operation.
Mayor Catherine Pugh supports the proposed facility, saying city schoolchildren can visit it for free. She also said that it would make “a very interesting and exciting tourist attraction.” According to the museum, it draws an estimated 200,000 visitors each year.