Bridging Gwynns Falls

Bridging Gwynns Falls (HM3RM)

Location: Baltimore, MD 21223
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 17.271', W 76° 39.846'

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The lofty, triple-arched Baltimore Street Bridge was built here in 1932 to provide better access across the Gwynns Falls Valley to the city's rapidly developing west side. Earlier, the Frederick Turnpike crossed farther south on a relatively short, low bridge at the narrowest point along the stream. After the National Road was built over the Appalachian Mountains, the Frederick Turnpike became part of this road and Baltimore's principal route to new markets in the Ohio Valley.

For many years, however, the railroads proved to be more efficient than highways and canals. The Baltimore & Potomac Railroad first crossed the valley in the 1870s. The Western Maryland Railroad built a track through the valley in the early 1900s to connect its new port facilities at Locust Point to its main line, which extended from northwest Baltimore to the coalfields of and West Virginia.
HM NumberHM3RM
Series This marker is part of the Maryland: Gwynns Falls Trail series
Placed ByGwynns Falls Trail Council
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, September 25th, 2014 at 7:24pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 356484 N 4350040
Decimal Degrees39.28785000, -76.66410000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 17.271', W 76° 39.846'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 17' 16.26" N, 76° 39' 50.76" W
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Area Code(s)410
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1729-1799 Gwynns Falls Trail, Baltimore MD 21223, US
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