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Inner Harbor in Baltimore, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Port of Baltimore

Gwynns Falls Trail

 
 
Port of Baltimore Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, April 14, 2017
1. Port of Baltimore Marker
Inscription.  Baltimore was a late bloomer in colonial America. Chartered in 1729, the port grew rapidly after the Revolutionary War to become by 1800 the new nation’s third largest city. The harbor proved ideal for shipping grain from Central Maryland and flour from the Ellicott mills along the Patapsco River and the Gwynns Falls. Highways and then railroads linked Ohio River Valley farms and Pennsylvania coalfields with the port. Shipbuilding flourished with a succession of Baltimore Clippers, steamboats, and Liberty ships. The port lost its prominence in the trucking era after World War II. Shipping and industrial operations moved from the Inner to Outer Harbor, and the waterfront underwent a residential and commercial transformation.

Whether the city of Baltimore was located by accident or design,…(it is) the best of any Atlantic cities for residence, commerce, trade, and manufacture.
J. Thomas Scharf, 1881.

(Inscription above the image in the lower left) Baltimore Harbor from Light Street, 1895. (Inscription above the image in the upper right)
Steamboats and horse-drawn wagons line up to transfer goods at the Light Street

Port of Baltimore Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, April 14, 2017
2. Port of Baltimore Marker
This marker is the one on the right of the two markers.
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Wharf about 1900. Enoch Pratt Free Library.
 
Erected by Gwynns Falls Trail Council/A Project of the Parks & People Foundation.
 
Topics. This memorial is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceRailroads & StreetcarsRoads & VehiclesWaterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1729.
 
Location. 39° 16.894′ N, 76° 36.672′ W. Marker is in Inner Harbor in Baltimore, Maryland. Memorial is on Key Highway. 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. The Olmsted Legacy (here, next to this marker); United States Merchant Seamen Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Baltimore’s Part in Saving the Bay (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.
 
Port of Baltimore Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, April 14, 2017
3. Port of Baltimore Marker
The Maryland Science Center is in the background.
 
 
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 236 times since then and 6 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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