Early Industries

Early Industries (HM3SU)

Location: Baltimore, MD 21223
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 16.64', W 76° 39.739'

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Industries have flourished here in the lower Gwynns Falls Valley since the early 1700s, when the Baltimore Iron Works Co. turned iron into nails and anchors and Dr. Charles Carroll's gristmills ground wheat into flour. The Wilkens Curled Hair Factory, which had as many as 1,000 employees, processed animal hair for use in mattresses and upholstery - and, like many other industries, dumped its waste into the waterways. Wilkens built housing for some of his workers and provided land for the avenue that bears his name today.

... in every direction a once noble landscape is in the process of being engulfed by the relentless city...
William Marye, 1921.

The Wilkens Curled Hair Factory, today the site of the Westside Shopping Center, remained in business from 1845 until the 1920s.

The Union Stockyards (left), located south of Wilkens Avenue near the railroads from 1891 to 1967, brought "every hoof under one roof" in was was claimed to be the largest stockyard east of Chicago.
HM NumberHM3SU
Series This marker is part of the Maryland: Gwynns Falls Trail series
Placed ByGwynns Falls Trail Council
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 at 9:42am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 356616 N 4348870
Decimal Degrees39.27733333, -76.66231667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 16.64', W 76° 39.739'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 16' 38.40" N, 76° 39' 44.34" W
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Area Code(s)410
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2700 Gwynns Falls Trail, Baltimore MD 21223, US
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