On Monday, August 21, the City of Baltimore and the B&O Railroad Museum announced a joint effort to raise $2.5 million in charitable donations to build new, state-of-the art stables for the Baltimore Police Department’s mounted unit, to be located on the 40-acre campus of the B&O Museum in West Baltimore.
The new stables would include an educational facility with classrooms and a railroad station stop for museum visitors. Schoolchildren will be able to visit for free, to encourage stronger relationships between city youth and city police officers.
Founded in 1888, the Baltimore City mounted unit is the nation’s oldest continuously operating mounted police unit. Currently, the unit’s 7 horses are housed in a former downtown car dealership; the new facility would enable the unit to have up to 14 horses. The museum, which has approximately 200,000 visitors per year, hopes to have the project completed within the next year.