The Port of Baltimore

The Port of Baltimore (HM3LT)

Location: Baltimore, MD 21202
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 17.131', W 76° 36.656'

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The National Road begins and ends here

Moving Goods
Since 1729, Baltimore has owed its existence to its deepwater port. The city looks east to the Chesapeake Bay and ports around the world. It also looks west with access to markets in America's heartland. It began with local farmers bringing in their crops. In the early 1800s, the National Road, which started hereas the Baltimore and Frederick-Town Turnpike, gave the port more and more reach inland.

Moving People
"The long ocean trip is ended and the great unknown is before them."
Baltimore has always welcomed immigrants. Many have been poor and desperate, fleeing war and famine. They were seeking comfortable lives and religious freedom. At first, most were Germans and Irish. Later, they were Poles, Italians, Scandinavians, Czechs, Lithuanians, Greeks, Russians and freed Blacks. Many traveled west on the National Road, adding their ingredient to the American "melting pot." Second only to New York, Baltimore was a doorway to a new life formillions.

[Photo of the Port of Baltimore, courtesy of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum]
Steam and sail once competed for business in a crowded Baltimore Harbor. Trucks still carry cargo to andfrom modern marine terminals on centuries old roads.

[Photo of immigrants on a ship, courtesy of the Maryland State Archives]
As immigrants landedin Baltimore and took to American roads and railroads, they created a rich tapestry of cultures throughout the nation.
HM NumberHM3LT
Series This marker is part of the The Historic National Road series
Placed ByAmerica's Byways
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, September 15th, 2014 at 8:02pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 361065 N 4349698
Decimal Degrees39.28551667, -76.61093333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 17.131', W 76° 36.656'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 17' 7.86" N, 76° 36' 39.36" W
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Area Code(s)301, 410, 443
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 301 E Pratt St, Baltimore MD 21202, US
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