From Ohio History Central
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Located in Dayton, Ohio, Barney & Smith Car Company built railroad cars. In the second half of the nineteenth century, railroads were constructed at a rapid rate. Barney & Smith capitalized on this growth and became one of the largest car manufacturers in the United States. Unfortunately, this dominance would not last long. The Pullman Company began constructing cars near Chicago in 1881 and soon surpassed Barney & Smith.