Sparks Glencoe in Baltimore County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
An interesting bit of history shows that the area along York Road today that we know as Sparks was once the town of Philopolis-Sparks was merely a cluster of homes and farms one mile to the east along the NCR tracks. Philopolis was the site of the Milton
In 1909, six small rural schools were consolidated into what we know today as Sparks Elementary school (destroyed by fire in 1995). Initially the school was called the Agricultural High School - many of its students rode the NCR's Parkton local to get to school. In 1913 a general store and warehouse was build and the post office was moved from York Road to Sparks. Sparks State Bank was built in 1916 next to the store along the NCR tracks. Interestingly, both the bank and the post office have moved back to York Road which is now the main area of local business. The bank moved in 1954 due to a decrease in train activity as well as repeated flooding from the Gunpowder River - some of its safe deposit boxes were said to have contained water from past floods. The original Sparks Bank building is now operated as a Nature Center for young children by volunteers of Gunpowder Falls State Park in conjunction with the NCR Hike and Bike Trail which follows the old rail road path through northern Baltimore County.
[text with upper photo] Watchman's shack loated on the right side of the photo.
[text with lower photo] In 1909 when Sparks Agricultural High School opened, transportation to school was difficult at best. Some students were fortunate to ride on the few county school buses available. Others arrived on foot, by stagecoach, or by horse and buggy. Still others came by train on the Northern Central Railway. They would be dropped off at the Sparks station and then walk a half mile up the hill to the school. Students who rode the train to school never complained as they were dismissed earlier than the other students in order to catch the return train home.
[text with lower middle photo] Monthly school ticket, c. May 1902
Erected by Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Maryland State Highway Administration.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Education • Railroads & Streetcars • Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical month for this entry is May 1902.
Location. 39° 32.375′ N, 76° 38.301′ W. Marker is in Sparks GlencoeTouch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Sparks Glencoe MD 21152, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Clynmalira (approx. 1˝ miles away); Phoenix (approx. 1.7 miles away); Gorsuch Tavern (approx. 1.8 miles away); Lime Kiln (approx. 2.3 miles away); North Central Railroad Trail (approx. 2.6 miles away); Gilmor's Raid (approx. 2.6 miles away); Scott’s Quarry (approx. 3.2 miles away); a different marker also named Scott's Quarry (approx. 3˝ miles away).
Credits. This page was last revised on July 9, 2016. It was originally submitted on July 9, 2016, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 598 times since then and 43 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 9, 2016, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland.