Howard County offers several walking trails along the Little Patuxent River. I parked near Savage Mill and found my first friend - the Korean Jindo Dog!
The Jindo was accompanied by a group of Korean hikers who also enjoyed the spring sunshine!
The Little Patuxent River winds its way under ...
... Interstate 95!
The two mile hike ended at the Guilford Pratt Truss Bridge. From the Preservation Howard County Preservation (link),
The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad's Guilford Pratt Truss Bridge spans the Little Patuxent River along Old Guilford Road. The 1902 bridge represents two industries of importance to Howard County, railroading and granite quarrying.
The B&O's legacy is well known. Part of that legacy is its experimentation with and use of new bridge designs, such the Pratt Truss, patented in 1844, according to the United States National Park Service Historic American Engineering Record. Maryland was home to America's only granite production outside of New England in the early nineteenth century, and by 1890 granite production in the state had increased to 23 active quarries, according to the 1971 official Maryland Hall of Records Commission state history, The Old Line State.