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Carroll Park

 
 
Carroll Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, October 20, 2007
1. Carroll Park Marker
Inscription. Baltimore’s Park Commission purchased portions of the Mount Clare estate between 1890 and 1907 to provide a large landscaped park for the city’s southwestern neighborhoods. The Olmsted Brothers firm helped the city develop plans to protect the historic house and to provide grounds for passive and active recreation. A protest by African Americans that they were barred from city golf facilities led to a decision in 1934 to designate certain days for their use at the golf course here. The city finally ended its golf course segregation policy in 1951 and extended that change to all Baltimore park facilities in 1955.

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Streetcar at Carroll Park Barns, 1939 (now Maryland Transit Administration Bus Maintenance Facility).

In 1924, the city sold lands "unsuitable for park purposes" to the Montgomery Ward Co. which built a distribution center and retail store. The structure was reopened as an office building in 2002 with energy and water conservation innovations. (Images provided by Enoch Pratt Free Library and Maryland Historical Society, Baltimore, Maryland.)
 
Erected by Gwynns Falls Trails.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Maryland, Gwynns Falls Trail marker series.
 
Location.
The Montgomery Park Center viewed from the marker site. image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, February 16, 2011
2. The Montgomery Park Center viewed from the marker site.
Built in 1925, this landmark structure was formerly one of six regional distribution centers for the original Montgomery Ward mail-order catalog and department store empire. Since the Ward company's demise in 2001, this 1.3 million square foot building has been redeveloped as an office park. Its current tenants include the Maryland Department of the Environment, the Maryland State Lottery and the M&T Bank Baltimore operations center.
39° 16.555′ N, 76° 38.525′ W. Marker is in Baltimore, Maryland. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Washington Boulevard and Monroe Street. Click for map. Marker is near the intersection but on a park road. Marker is in this post office area: Baltimore MD 21230, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Mount Clare, the Georgia Plantation (approx. 0.2 miles away); Mt. Clare (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Mt. Clare (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Mount Clare (approx. 0.2 miles away); Camp Carroll (approx. ¼ mile away); 1917 – 1918 (approx. ¼ mile away); Carroll Park at the Golf Course (approx. 0.4 miles away); Restoring Water Quality (approx. half a mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Baltimore.
 
Also see . . .
1. Image of the marker from the Gwynns Falls Trail website. (Submitted on March 17, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio.)
2. The Historical Geography of Racial and Ethnic Access within Baltimore's Carroll Park: 1870-1954. - thesis by James Edward Wells, II. (Submitted on April 4, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.) 

3. Montgomery Ward. (Submitted on April 5, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
 
Additional keywords.
Carroll Park from the Mt. Clare Mansion with city skyline. image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, October 20, 2007
3. Carroll Park from the Mt. Clare Mansion with city skyline.
urban development
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 2,517 times since then and 11 times this year. Last updated on , by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.   2. submitted on , by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.   3. submitted on , by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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