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Baltimore 21201 The Blog



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Baltimore Books

The Art of Acquiring: A Portrait of Etta and Claribel Cone

Industrial Baltimore (MD) (Images of America)

Homewood House

Highlandtown (MD) (Images of America)

 The Architecture of Baltimore: An Illustrated History

Baltimore & Ohio Passenger Service: Route of the Capitol Limited (Baltimore & Ohio Passenger Service, 1945-1971,
Vol 2)

 Baltimore and Ohio Railroad (Railroad Color History)

Chessie System: Railroads in West Virginia

Sailing With Pride

 Baltimore's Patterson Park (MD) (Images of America)

The Cone Sisters of Baltimore: Collecting at Full Tilt

Baltimore Then and Now (Then & Now)  

The Jewish Community of Baltimore (Images of America (Arcadia Publishing)

The Baltimore Rowhouse

 Baltimore's Alley Houses: Homes for Working People since the 1780s (Creating the North American Landscape)

Baltimore & Ohio's Capitol Limited and National Limited (Great Passenger Trains)

The Gwynns Falls: Baltimore Greenway to the Chesapeake Bay

 From 33rd Street to Camden Yards : An Oral History of the Baltimore Orioles

Baltimore's Streetcars and Buses (Images of America: Maryland)

 Baltimore's Two Cross Keys Villages: One Black. One White

. Baltimore & Ohio Railroad (MBI Railroad Color History)

Baltimore Trails: A Guide for Hikers and Mountain Bikers


 

 

 

 



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Firsts Baltimore 21201
        
 - The Vertical Neighborhood



Baltimore: The City of Firsts

Interesting and amazing accounts covering some of Baltimore's firsts (and a few special key happenings) - this list is compiled from various websites and directories... the best creative use of "Baltimore's Firsts" are on the menus at Tug's Restaurant at the Tremont Plaza Hotel.

1743
First professional sports organization in the United States - Maryland Jockey Club

1773
First US stage coach route - Baltimore to Philadelphia

1783
First dredger in the world - the Baltimore Mud Machine, was invented by Andrew and John Ellicott

1784
First balloon ascension in the US with a person on board - Edward Warren

1792
The first monument to Columbus in the United States was built

1792
First water company chartered in the United States - Baltimore Water Company

1796
First sugar refinery in the United States - founded by Garts & Leypoldt

1797
First war ship from the United States to capture an enemy vessel: Constellation

1803
First electric refrigerator – named and invented by Thomas Moore
Thomas Moore Refrigerator Patent Image
The Refrigerator Patent - U.S. Patent Office

1814
Birthplace of the Star Spangled Banner - written by Francis Scott Key at Fort McHenry

1815
First manufacturers of silverware in the United States - Samuel Kirk Company


1815
The first permanent monument to George Washington was built

1816
First city to illuminate streets with hydrogen gas

1828
First American umbrella factory - William Beehler

1828
First railroad for commercial transportation of passengers and freight B & O railroad

1830
First coal burning steam locomotive built - Tom Thumb

Tom Thumb Racing the Horse and Rail Wagon

1830
First operating railroad depot in the United States - Mt. Clare Station

1837
Baltimore Sun began publication

1840
First steam boating company in the US - Baltimore steam packet Co.

1844
World's first telegraph line established between Baltimore and Washington, DC - Samuel Morse

1848
First ice cream freezer - patented by W. G. Young

1856
First Elevator to be operated by electrical power using the revolving drum method to store and release the hoisting cable - invented by James Bates

1869
First candy factory to produce licorice - J.S. Young Company

1875
The first monument to Edgar Allan Poe

1876
Johns Hopkins University founded

1878
First animal welfare association - American Humane Society

1879
First synthetic sweetening agent - Saccharine, developed at Johns Hopkins University

1885
First commercial electric street car line - Baltimore to Hampden

1886
First public Library System with branches - Enoch Pratt Free Library

1890
First steam tanker built in America The Maverick by W.T. Malster

1891
First commercial stomach antacid seltzer - Bromo-Seltzer, made by Captain Isaac E. Emerson

1892
First Ouija board - invented and patented by Isaac and William Fuld

1897
First practical submarine in the US - "Argonaut," invented by Simon Lake

1900
First time duck bowling introduced - at Diamond Bowling Alleys

1904
Downtown Baltimore destroyed by fire - The Great Baltimore Fire

1916
First portable electric drill with pistol grip - Black & Decker

1916
First municipal orchestra supported by public funds - Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

1920
First factory to manufacture stainless steel - Rustless Iron & Steel Company

1921
First Black musical on Broadway - written by Baltimorean Eubie Blake, Shuffle Along


1925
First triple combination fireboat in service - operated by Baltimore City Fire Dept

1932
Venetian blinds first produced in the United States by the Eastern Venetian Blind Company

1946
First photograph of earth from space - produced at Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory

1966
First baseball player to be named MVP in both leagues - Frank Robinson

1967
First African-American to serve on the US supreme Court - Baltimorean Thurgood Marshall

* OK, a few of these still need to be verified.


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