“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Inner Harbor in Baltimore, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

The Olmsted Legacy

Gwynns Falls Trail

The Olmsted Legacy Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, April 14, 2017
1. The Olmsted Legacy Marker
Inscription.  Think green and thank the Olmsteds as you walk along the Gwynns Falls Trail. If it weren’t for the Olmsted Brothers Landscape Architects firm, the City of Baltimore would not be blessed with most of its large multipurpose parks, neighborhood playgrounds, boulevards, parkways, and wooded stream valleys. Hired by the Municipal Arts Society in 1903 and 1926, the Olmsteds envisioned swaths of green tempering the area’s urbanization and providing places to enjoy the outdoors. Over the years the city adopted most of the plan. Today officials, civic organizations, and volunteers from all walks of life are working together to revitalize these natural preserves and complete the plan envisioned over 100 years ago.

This valley (Gwynns Falls) …has been freer from defacement by man’s activities. It is considered by all who view it as one of the best bits of scenery near Baltimore-
Olmsted Report 1926.

(Inscription above the map on the right)
The 1904 Olmsted Report showed Baltimore’s existing parks in green and the firms proposed parklands in orange. The firm later created plans for residential developments, labeled in purple, and

The Olmsted Legacy Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, April 14, 2017
2. The Olmsted Legacy Marker
This marker is the one on the left of the two markers shown.
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participated in the siting and landscaping of significant institutions such as Johns Hopkins University Homewood Campus and the Baltimore Museum of Art.

(Inscription below the map on the right)
The City and the Bay-Early ecologists, the Olmsteds recognized that water quality and quantity are directly linked to the protection of stream valleys and watersheds. Their insights laid the groundwork for Baltimore’s acquisition of lands to establish parks and reservoirs. These protected lands, in turn play a role in the health of the Chesapeake Bay by providing natural buffers that filter storm water pollutants before they reach the Bay.
Erected by Gwynns Falls Trail Council/A Project of the Parks & People Foundation.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public WorkEnvironmentHorticulture & Forestry. A significant historical year for this entry is 1903.
Location. 39° 16.894′ N, 76° 36.673′ W. Marker is in Inner Harbor in Baltimore, Maryland. Marker is on Key Highway. The marker is near the front of the Maryland Science Center. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Baltimore MD 21202, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Port of Baltimore (here, next to this marker); United States Merchant Seamen Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Baltimore’s Part in Saving the Bay

The Olmsted Legacy Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, April 14, 2017
3. The Olmsted Legacy Marker
The Maryland Science Center is in the background
(within shouting distance of this marker); Generating Electricity from the Sun (within shouting distance of this marker); A History of Firsts in Baltimore (within shouting distance of this marker); Pride of Baltimore (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Great Baltimore Fire (about 600 feet away); Admiral Guillermo Brown (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Inner Harbor.
Credits. This page was last revised on April 17, 2020. It was originally submitted on April 23, 2017, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 217 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 23, 2017, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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