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A Name Before a Place

 
 
A Name Before a Place Marker image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Busta-Peck, March 18, 2008
1. A Name Before a Place Marker
Inscription.  
Leakin Park had a name before it had a place. At his death in 1922 John Wilson Leakin left the city several downtown properties to be sold so land could he purchased for apark. The city deferred action because of existing leases, the Great Depression, and a controversy over whether the park should be a large natural area in the outer city or a smaller inner city park. Finally, Baltimore officials followed the advice of landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted and acquired the Thomas Winans' Crimea estate in the 1940s. Today Leakin and Gwynns Falls Parks constitute one of the largest natural woodlands in an east coast city.

This valley ... is considered by all who view it as one of the very best bits of scenery near Baltimore.
Olmsted Brothers, Report and Recommendations on Park Extension for Baltimore, 1926.

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John Wilson Leakin, 1857-1922

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Leakin Park offers opportunities for area children to learn in a natural setting.

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The Crimea estate purchase included Thomas Winans' summer mansion (below), other buildings,
Marker location image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Busta-Peck, March 18, 2008
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open fields, and steeply sloped woodlands.
 
Erected by Gwynns Falls Trail Council.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Parks & Recreational Areas. In addition, it is included in the Maryland, Gwynns Falls Trail series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1922.
 
Location. 39° 18.27′ N, 76° 41.674′ W. Marker is in Gwynns Falls/Leakin Park in Baltimore, Maryland. Marker can be reached from North Franklintown Road. Marker is just off the parking lot, to the west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4500 N Franklintown Rd, Baltimore MD 21229, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Leakin Park at Winans Meadow (within shouting distance of this marker); Crimea Estate (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Orianda House (about 300 feet away); Crimea Mansion (approx. ¼ mile away); Crimea (approx. ¼ mile away); Norman Van Allan Reeves (approx. 0.3 miles away); Chapel (approx. 0.4 miles away); Caretaker House (approx. 0.4 miles away).
 
Also see . . .
1. Image of the marker. (Submitted on March 17, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio.)
2. Gwynns Falls Trail Council. (Submitted on March 17, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio.)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 16, 2021. It was originally submitted on March 17, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio. This page has been viewed 2,360 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 19, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio.

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Oct. 18, 2021