Port of Baltimore Historical

Port of Baltimore Historical (HM1Y19)

Location: Baltimore, MD 21230
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 16.894', W 76° 36.672'

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Gwynns Falls Trail

Baltimore was a late bloomer in colonial America. Chartered in 1729, the port grew rapidly after the Revolutionary War to become by 1800 the new nation's third largest city. The harbor proved ideal for shipping grain from Central Maryland and flour from the Ellicott mills along the Patapsco River and the Gwynns Falls. Highways and then railroads linked Ohio River Valley farms and Pennsylvania coalfields with the port. Shipbuilding flourished with a succession of Baltimore Clippers, steamboats, and Liberty ships. The port lost its prominence in the trucking era after World War II. Shipping and industrial operations moved from the Inner to Outer Harbor, and the waterfront underwent a residential and commercial transformation.

Whether the city of Baltimore was located by accident or design,...(it is) the best of any Atlantic cities for residence, commerce, trade, and manufacture.J. Thomas Scharf, 1881.

(Inscription above the image in the lower left) Baltimore Harbor from Light Street, 1895.

(Inscription above the image in the upper right) Steamboats and horse-drawn wagons line up to transfer goods at the Light Street Wharf about 1900. Enoch Pratt Free Library.
HM NumberHM1Y19
Placed ByGwynns Falls Trail Council/A Project of the Parks & People Foundation
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Date Added Monday, April 24th, 2017 at 9:01pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 361034 N 4349260
Decimal Degrees39.28156667, -76.61120000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 16.894', W 76° 36.672'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 16' 53.64" N, 76° 36' 40.32" W
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Area Code(s)410, 301
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 601 Light St, Baltimore MD 21230, US
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