A Name Before a Place

A Name Before a Place (HM3RA)

Location: Baltimore, MD 21207
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 18.27', W 76° 41.674'

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Leakin Park had a name before it had a place. At his death in 1922 John Wilson Leakin left the city several downtown properties to be sold so land could he purchased for apark. The city deferred action because of existing leases, the Great Depression, and a controversy over whether the park should be a large natural area in the outer city or a smaller inner city park. Finally, Baltimore officials followed the advice of landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted and acquired the Thomas Winans' Crimea estate in the 1940s. Today Leakin and Gwynns Falls Parks constitute one of the largest natural woodlands in an east coast city.

This valley ... is considered by all who view it as one of the very best bits of scenery near Baltimore.
Olmsted Brothers, Report and Recommendations on Park Extension for Baltimore, 1926.

John Wilson Leakin, 1857-1922

Leakin Park offers opportunities for area children to learn in a natural setting.

The Crimea estate purchase included Thomas Winans' summer mansion (below), other buildings, open fields, and steeply sloped woodlands.
HM NumberHM3RA
Series This marker is part of the Maryland: Gwynns Falls Trail series
Placed ByGwynns Falls Trail Council
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, September 6th, 2014 at 12:15am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 353891 N 4351937
Decimal Degrees39.30450000, -76.69456667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 18.27', W 76° 41.674'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 18' 16.20" N, 76° 41' 40.44" W
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Area Code(s)410, 443
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1729-1799 Gwynns Falls Trail, Baltimore MD 21207, US
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