Gwynns Falls Valley

Gwynns Falls Valley (HM2Q6)

Location: Baltimore, MD 21223
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 16.913', W 76° 39.573'

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From Work to Play

As the Baltimore and Frederick-Town Turnpike twisted and turned westward, it passed one of the centers of early city industry. A three mile long millrace on the Gwynns Falls provided power for over twenty mills that sawed wood, ground flour, wove cloth and smelted iron. By 1850, brewers, butchers and a hairbrush factory had moved in. Country beer gardens became getaways on Sunday when city saloons were closed

By 1900, the Gwynns Falls' industries were moving away. Baltimore's Municipal Art Society hired the Olmsted Brothers, famous landscape architects, to plan a farsighted regional park system including many of Baltimore's stream valleys. The Ellicott Driveway, opened on the old millrace during the First World War, brought motorists, bikers and hikers back to nature, as the Olmsteds envisioned. Almost a hundred years later, leisure travelers on the Historic National Road can connect with the old "Driveway," now a part of the 15-mile Gwynns Falls Trail. The park is now living up to its century-old promise to put hikers and bikers on old roads.
HM NumberHM2Q6
Series This marker is part of the The Historic National Road series
Placed ByAmerica's Byways
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Date Added Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 at 10:28pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 356864 N 4349370
Decimal Degrees39.28188333, -76.65955000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 16.913', W 76° 39.573'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 16' 54.78" N, 76° 39' 34.38" W
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Area Code(s)410
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 11 Ellicott Driveway, Baltimore MD 21223, US
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