The railroad came to town in the 1850s. In the 1880s the shops opened. B&O Railroad chose Washington because the town is halfway between Cincinnati and St. Louis. Also, the town donated $75,000 and sixty acres of land to build the shops where B&O renovated worn out railroad cars.
In its heyday, it was quite an enterprise.
There's not much left of it now, though. This is where the roundhouse was, seen above in top center.
Views of the repair shops.
The downtown area reflects the faded glory of the old railroad days.
Of course the local