The Baltimore & Frederick-Town Turnpike

The Baltimore & Frederick-Town Turnpike (HM3A8)

Location: Baltimore, MD 21201
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 17.361', W 76° 37.269'

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A Transportation Revolution started here

Maryland toll roads helped revolutionize American travel. The Baltimore and Frederick-Town Turnpike began with a tollgate, placed near this corner in 1807. Fora few cents, you could head west on a "smooth" road that was the ancestor of today's turnpikes. Private investors spent ten thousand dollars a mile to build crushed stone all-weather thoroughfares all the wayto Cumberland. This road system became Baltimore's link to the federal National Road and the American interior.

Early American roads were often described as "savage desolation." They were old Indian paths filled with mud, tree stumps and bone-jarring gullies. It could take five days to travel a hundred miles. Four-horse teams, pulling heavy stagecoaches called "shakeguts" and "turtlebacks," had to rest every few miles. The Baltimore and Frederick -Town Turnpike connected Baltimore's deep-water port to the farm lands of the Ohio Valley, a combination that made Baltimore in 1830 the second largest city in America.
HM NumberHM3A8
Series This marker is part of the The Historic National Road series
Placed ByAmerica's Byways
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Date Added Monday, September 22nd, 2014 at 12:15pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 360191 N 4350139
Decimal Degrees39.28935000, -76.62115000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 17.361', W 76° 37.269'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 17' 21.66" N, 76° 37' 16.14" W
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Area Code(s)410, 443, 301
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 400-416 W Baltimore St, Baltimore MD 21201, US
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