This is a fascinating old article that we came across in The Baltimore Sun. It was printed on July 26th, 1914 and we just have to share it with you.
The study of street names in any city involves in its broader sense of the study of the lives of the founders of the State and nation; for in no other form so personal does history perpetuate the records of those who laid the foundations of our country. The very existence of many men would be lost to posterity were not their names emblazoned on the great thoroughfares of some city.
Baltimore has had an interesting past and the names of her streets stand as milestones from era to era of her continued growth. The original streets were named in the charter of the town, but after 1729 the names of new streets which had been added were preserved merely by oral tradition. In those days it was no such difficult task to find one's way about the town, and in all probability the streets were seldom called by name.
Here's a bit of trivia that will blow you away.
In 1752 Baltimore had but 27 houses (this included the church and the...
Check out this great old map of Roland Park in 1941.
Source: University of Maryland
This is what it looks like today, courtesy of Google.
Thanks to the awesome collection available at the University of Maryland.