BAILE AN TI MOIHR – Town of the Big House
The city of Baltimore was incorporated on this day in 1729. Named after Baltimore Manor, the Irish home of the 2nd Baron Baltimore, it consisted of 60 1-acre lots and was established as a port for the grain and tobacco trade.
Home to “The Star-Spangled Banner”, Baltimore also established the first post office system in the US and the country’s first water company. It served as the quasi capital of the United States when the Second Continental Congress met there from December 1776 to February 1777.
The world’s first dental college was established here in 1840, and in 1844 the world’s first telegraph line ran from Baltimore to Washington, DC.
Frequently called “a city of neighborhoods”, Baltimore is rich in distinctive areas that give it a cosmopolitan flavor. Not to be missed – the Inner Harbor, Fells Point (previously an entertainment area for furloughing sailors but now gentrified), and Little Italy.
Here is Mitchell’s map of Baltimore from 1878.
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