Baltimore history

The lost and untold history of Baltimore.

Baltimore city directory - 1799

Other Cool Stuff

So Cool! 1799 City Directory for Baltimore

How cool is this? If you’re older than probably 30, you remember actually using a paper phonebook. Well, here’s a fascinating city directory that we dug up from 1799. It was printed by Warner...

Notable People & Places

Visit of President Polk to Baltimore

James K. Polk isn’t exactly the most memorable president. That said, this is an article that we dug up in the Baltimore Sun from June 21st, 1847. Polk was en route to visit Baltimore by...

Aliceanna St.

Bizarre Baltimore

Haunted House on Aliceanna Street

Here’s a tale of a real haunted house. We don’t normally write about real ghosts, just the metaphorical ones, but every now and then, we’ll come across something to share. This is an article,...

Little Italy residents in 1943 react to Italian surrender

Historical Events

Little Italy Reacts to Home Country’s Surrender to Allies in 1943

It must have a been a time of great internal conflict for a number of Little Italy residents during World War II. Many of them were born and raised in Italy, and their home...

1979 Camden Yards plan

Historical Trivia

Camden Yards Development Project Canceled

This isn't the Camden Yards you're probably thinking of. We stumbled across an interesting article in the Baltimore Sun from 1984.

flag over the custom house - 1861

Historical Events

Confederate Riots Suppressed; Union Flag Flies Over Baltimore

Last week we wrote about how the city of Baltimore was perceived to be unfriendly to the Union. That’s because it was. Lincoln was going to be in a seriously bad place if both...

Severna Park advertisement in 1909

Old Ads & Classifieds

1909 Advertisement for Severna Park

We’re doing some late night browsing of old classifieds and came across this cool one from 1909. It was printed in the Baltimore Sun on Sunday, April 11th.

Haussners in 1937

The Famous Haussner’s Restaurant

Haussner’s Restaurant was one of Baltimore’s most famous landmarks. It was opened in 1926 by William Haussner and remained opened for the next 73 years until it closed on October 6, 1999. The restaurant...

runaway slave notice - July 3rd, 1858

Old Ads & Classifieds

$200 Reward for Runaway Slave Lewis Edwards

There are so many notices like this in the newspapers back before the Civil War. The notice below is from the Baltimore Sun, printed on July 3rd, 1858. The address on Lombard St. is right...

Baltimore Sun - January 7th, 1850

Other Cool Stuff

Baltimore Penitentiary Statistics in 1850

This is an absolutely fascinating article that we dug up in the Baltimore Sun. It shows statistics for prisoners in the penitentiary.