Gas, Dredges, Beer, and Pianos

Gas, Dredges, Beer, and Pianos (HM1YPX)

Location: Baltimore, MD 21230
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 16.658', W 76° 38.041'

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Gwynns Falls Trail

This area of Baltimore, known as Carroll-Camden, was one of the city's earliest industrial districts. Starting in the 1800s, it served as the home of the gas-lighting industry, breweries, and manufacturers of dredging equipment and pianos. Baltimore was an early leader in the use of gas made from coal for streetlights and other purposes before natural gas replaced it in the mid-1900s. The Ellicott Machine Corporation, begun in 1885 and now a part of Baltimore Dredges, still produces equipment used in waterways around the world. The Bauernschmidt brewery and Marr malt house operated here until the early 1900s. The Knabe piano complex employed hundreds until it moved away in 1929. Efforts are underway today to redevelop this area.

(Inscription next to the image on the lower left) Electricity poles lean, but a gas streetlight remains upright after a snowstorm in 1911.

(Inscription above the image at the bottom center) Bayard Street Station, which still stands, was a part of the Chesapeake Gas Works in the late 1800s.

(Inscription above the image in the upper right) The William Knabe Piano Co. was a major employer of German immigrants. Its site is now part of the Camden Yards stadium complex.
Placed ByGwynn Falls Trail Council/ A Project of the Parks & People Foundation
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Date Added Sunday, June 4th, 2017 at 1:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 359058 N 4348859
Decimal Degrees39.27763333, -76.63401667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 16.658', W 76° 38.041'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 16' 39.48" N, 76° 38' 2.46" W
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Area Code(s)410, 301
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1401 Bayard St, Baltimore MD 21230, US
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