New Castle contains a small remainder of America’s transportation history. The New Castle & Frenchtown Railroad was one of the first railroads in the United States, beginning operations in 1832. The railroad connected New Castle, on the Delaware River, with Frenchtown in Maryland, on the Elk River. This provided a link between Delaware Bay and Chesapeake Bay, butting down travel time and distance between Philadelphia and Baltimore. These stones were used as sleepers for the railroad tracks. The sleepers were gathered from throughout New Castle County and erected as a monument in 1915. Photo by xzmattzx.