Discovering the Jones Falls
—Powering America's Industrial Revolution —
The Jones Falls also powered Baltimore’s textile industry. One of America’s first textile mills began operating on the Jones Falls at Mount Washington in 1810. Thirty years later, mills along the Jones Falls produced more than 80 percent of the cotton duck (sail cloth) in the country. The advent of steam power in the 1820’s freed industry from the stream valleys, allowing canneries and foundries to spring up close to the harbor. By the late 19th century, Baltimore became America’s canning center, as well as the leading producer of copper, chrome, and iron goods.
Like all urban waterways, the lower Jones Falls became polluted from
Location. 39° 17.202′ N, 76° 36.33′ W. Marker is in Baltimore, Maryland. Marker is on East Pratt Street just west of Falls Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Baltimore MD 21202, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Baltimore Riot Trail (within shouting distance of this marker); Exodus 1947: "The ship That Launched a Nation" (within shouting distance of this marker); Discover Baltimore: Four Centuries of Change (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Baltimore Slave Trade (about 600 feet away); Crafting a Legacy (about 600 feet away); Dr. William V. Lockwood (about 600 feet away); The Star Spangled Banner Flag was Born Here (about 600 feet away); The Coast Guard Cutter Taney (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Baltimore.
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Credits. This page was last revised on March 24, 2018. This page originally submitted on November 8, 2012, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 483 times since then and 25 times this year. Last updated on March 20, 2018, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on November 8, 2012, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.