Quincy Mass is home of first American working railroad
On the morning of October 7, 1826 in Quincy, Massachusetts, the first railroad in America was officially opened under the direction of engineer Gridley Bryant. The first rail cars carrying huge blocks of granite from the Bunker Hill Quarry were drawn by horses. The rails extended for 2 3/4 miles from the quarries in Quincy Massachusetts to the wharf on the Neponset River.
William Ticknor, a well-known lawyer of the day, suggested erecting of a memorial at the location of the battle of Bunker Hill. The first railroad in the United States would connect a stone quary selected for the occasion with the Bunker Hill Monument.
As the story goes, a group of men with interest in the project met for breakfast at the home of Colonel Thomas Handasyd Perkins. Others in attendence included the Honorable Daniel Webster, Professor George Ticknor, Doctor John C. Warren, the Honorable William Sullivan, the Honorable George Blake, and William Tudor, Esquire. The group visited the battleground and initiated the task of building a monument.
Today, a section of this right-of-way is preserved as a trail and its famous incline is listed on the National Register, also preserved along with several designs that the company is credited with first implementing.