Inner Harbor in Baltimore, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Great Baltimore Fire
The leaders of Baltimore decided to use this disaster as an opportunity to improve their city and make it more appealing. As a result of careful and thoughtful planning, civic leaders created a thriving, modern port city with wider streets, more efficient docks, an improved sewer system, and sturdy masonry and steel buildings.
Topics. This historical marker Charity & Public Work • Disasters • Industry & Commerce • Roads & Vehicles • Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical date for this entry is February 7, 1861.
Location. 39° 16.997′ N, 76° 36.707′ W. Marker is in Inner Harbor in Baltimore, Maryland. Marker is on Light Street (Maryland Route 2). 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. Baltimore’s Maritime Heritage (a few steps from this marker); Pride of Baltimore (within shouting distance of this marker); Admiral Guillermo Brown (within shouting distance of this marker); Baltimore Turns the Tide (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); A History of Firsts in Baltimore (about 400 feet away); Adventure Begins at the Bay's Front Door (about 400 feet away); Baltimore’s Part in Saving the Bay (about 500 feet away); a different marker also named Baltimore’s Maritime Heritage (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Inner Harbor.
Also see . . . The Baltimore Sun archives. "The front page article about the Baltimore fire from The Sun extra edition of Monday, February 8, 1904. The link includes a photo gallery of the fire. (Submitted on May 21, 2008, by Tabitha Preast of Hanover, Maryland.)
Credits. This page was last revised on August 5, 2021. It was originally submitted on March 12, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio. This page has been viewed 2,137 times since then and 55 times this year. It was the Marker of the Week February 2, 2014. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on March 12, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio. 3. submitted on September 24, 2015. 4, 5. submitted on May 21, 2008, by Tabitha Preast of Hanover, Maryland. 6. submitted on September 21, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.