Newark – Queponco Maryland Train Station
Queponco Train Station
Ironshire Station to the North – Wesley Station to the South
This is one of those little secrets you find and can’t believe it’s not getting more attention. In the town of Newark, Maryland, there is a small station known as Queponco, not named Newark, to avoid confusion with the Newark Station in Delaware. As the photo suggests below, the station stood empty for years, but has been restored and is a perfect example of a well kept small station on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. They weren’t open when we visited, but from the outside the station appears to be in excellent condition. Queponco is a Indian name for ” Ashes of pine woods”. All the references to the station I have found so far list it as Queponco.
A blizzard in 1895 made it so difficult for the trains to run that a sleigh was used to run the mail between Newark and Ironshire and Berlin.
In 1911 – 23 people were injured when a train derailed here the station, with 5 railroad cars leaving the tracks. Also in 1911, the station was the host of a Farmer’s lecture, which resulted in so many people showing up, the presenters showed the presentation in two separate train coaches, separating men and women.