Legislative Road from Railroad Street
Prior to snapping this picture, I once again ran into Ed Robertson on Railroad Street. I showed him a picture I had of the Barton Hotel, the depot and some other unidentified building, and asked if he could tell me where these building were. All three had been torn down, but once occupied the three grassy lots in the foreground of this picture; hence, the angle of this photo.
In the immediate foreground, just across the tracks lie the remains of the depot's foundation. The empty lot across Railroad street was the site of the Barton Hotel (lot # 1). The hotel appears in several of the old pictures. It was also known as the old Welsh Hotel building. It housed various enterprises, including the post office, and a restaurant run by Monica Arnold McPartland's father. Continuing down the south side of the street, you can see a small gray structure set back from the road. This is the Barton Garage, built around 1920, and currently in very poor condition.
The next visible landmark on this side of the street is the "new" Presbyterian Church, completed in 1922. It replaced the original wood church seen in the earlier pictures of Barton.
The original church was located several lots to the east on the south side of Broadway Street, and is clearly identifiable in several old pictures. Also clear in some of the old pictures is the Meat Market on the site of the "new" church. That property was purchased from Andrew B Shaw in 1915, and at one time housed the butcher shop of Tom Campbell. The Meat Market does not appear to have been built until after 1897, based on a photograph from that year. However, given the angle of the photo, perhaps the "old" church is blocking the view.
Returning to the intersection of Railroad and Legislative, and viewing the north side of the street, the corner lot is currently a town park. The lot was once occupied by a large building which housed a number of retail establishments. According to an account by Howard Wilkes, Bill and George Ayers, R.K. Snyder and Joe Inskeep all operated stores on this site. Joe Inskeep ran a confectionery store according to my tour guide, Ed Robertson. The next two buildings are the home and store of Henry Creutzburg. Next to the store is a residence once owned by Patrick Cadden, and according to Monica Arnold McPartland, the site of the first Catholic Mass in Barton.
The next lot is empty, and I have found no reference to what once stood on the corner of N. Eutaw Street and Legislative Road. Crossing North Eutaw, the First United National Bank & Trust occupies the lot upon which the Davis Store once stood. According to Ms McPartland, this was "the" place where teenagers of Barton met. Today, the next building heading east is the "new" firehouse built in 1948. In the building which once occupied this site, Floyd Lininger, husband of Henry's youngest daughter, Lucretia, once operated a movie house. Howard Wilkes remembers paying only a nickel to see a show at Floyd's movie house. Floyd later ran a movie house in Westernport.
The last building on the block is the former residence of Dr. Samuel Boucher and his wife Lulu. The Bouchers were the proud owners of the first automobile in Barton. I cannot determine the make of the car, but it is clearly an early model, complete with crank and running boards. Mrs. Boucher served in the Maryland House of Delegates from 1930 to 1946. The doctor was the last resident physician in Barton.