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Francis Scott Key Memorial Bridge

 
 
Francis Scott Key Memorial Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Pfingsten, 08-19-2007
1. Francis Scott Key Memorial Bridge Marker
Inscription.  To the northwest, across the Patapsco, is Fort McHenry, which British Naval Forces bombarded September 13-14, 1814. Detained on a cartel boat, Francis Scott Key waw through a spyglass that the star-spangled banner yet waved in the dawn’s early light on September 14 and he was inspired to write the National Anthem.

Some historians place Key’s position about 200 yards west of here. Others say the boat anchored about 3 miles to the southeast.
 
Erected by Patapsco Neck Bicentennial Committee & Maryland Historical Society.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Bridges & ViaductsForts and CastlesPatriots & PatriotismWar of 1812. A significant historical date for this entry is September 13, 1894.
 
Location. 39° 13.769′ N, 76° 30.715′ W. Marker is in Dundalk, Maryland, in Baltimore County. Marker is on the Baltimore Beltway (Interstate 695), on the right when traveling west. Marker is just beyond the toll booths at the east end of the bridge. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Dundalk MD 21222, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker
Francis Scott Key Bridge over Patapsco River image. Click for full size.
By William Pfingsten, 08-19-2007
2. Francis Scott Key Bridge over Patapsco River
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, measured as the crow flies. Logan Field (approx. 1.4 miles away); Korean and Viet Nam Veterans Memorial (approx. 1.6 miles away); Two World Wars Veterans Memorial (approx. 1.6 miles away); Dundalk, Maryland (approx. 1.7 miles away); Community Public Library (approx. 2 miles away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 2.1 miles away); World War II Memorial-Point Breeze Works Employees (approx. 2.1 miles away); Commodore Joshua Barney (approx. 2.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dundalk.
 
Francis Scott Key Buoy image. Click for full size.
By JoAnn Degreenia, 2010
3. Francis Scott Key Buoy
This buoy marks the spot where Key's boat was positioned while he witnessed the bombardment of Fort McHenry, assuming "about 200 yards west" of the Francis Scott Key Memorial Bridge marker is correct. The Key bridge is in the background. If instead the "3 miles to the southwest" anchorage is correct, then Key's postion would be on the opposite side of this bridge, and close to Sparrow's Point.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 17, 2019. It was originally submitted on August 19, 2007, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 4,984 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 19, 2007, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.   3. submitted on September 18, 2010, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.

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