Baltimore history

The lost and untold history of Baltimore.

Booth family home on N. Exeter St.

Notable People & Places

John Wilkes Booth’s Family on North Exeter Street

We came across a great find in the 1850 U.S. Census. John Wilkes Booth’s famous acting family lived in Baltimore, splitting time there with their home in Bel Air. John’s father Junius, was a...

1801 Warner & Hanna map of Baltimore

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1801 Plan of the City and Environs of Baltimore

What an incredible old map. This is Warner & Hanna’s map of the city in 1801. Source: Johns Hopkins Library

Pennsylvania Railroad grain elevator in Canton, Baltimore

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Pennsylvania Railroad Grain Elevator in Canton

This is an old photograph of the Pennsylvania Railroad’s grain elevator in Canton, taken February 1st, 1921. Source: AOK Library & Gallery, UMBC, Flickr

West Lexington looking northeast - 310, 308, 304 West Lexington

Lost History

1980s View of West Lexington

Here’s a cool old photo we dug up at the Library of Congress. It shows the 300 block of West Lexington in the 1980s. The building in the foreground doesn’t appear to be here...

row houses in Canton

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Why Is It Named Canton?

This is a pretty interesting story. Do you happen to know the history of Canton and how it received it’s name? It might not be what you think. The area we now know as...

Baltimore trolley leaves the terminal at night

Cool Photo of Trolley Leaving Terminal at Night

What a cool photo. You should save this as your desktop wallpaper. It shows an old trolley leaving a terminal at night. This photo is labeled April, 1943. Source: Library of Congress

Baltimore 1938

The Best Of

Wow … Incredible Colorized Photo of Boy in Slums (1938)

Source: Jordan Lloyd And here’s a link to the original.

Baltimore Sun headline

Bizarre Baltimore

Three Men Get Life Sentences for Thames Street Firebomb Deaths

This is a crazy story, and I’m sure it’s been lost to history. This is an article that we dug up in the Baltimore Sun from October 5th, 1947.  Three men yesterday were sentenced...

Historic American Buildings Survey E. H. Pickering, Photographer September 1936 - Lee & South Charles Street (Brick Row Houses), Baltimore

What Lee and Charles St. Looked Like in 1936

The intersection looked very different in 1936. This is an awesome photo that we dug up at the Library of Congress. Source: Library of Congress

Faces & Places of Yesterday, We Love Maps

1792 Map of the Town of Baltimore

Check out this awesome map we dug up at the Library of Congress. Make sure you click on it to get greater details. It’s pretty amazing. Source: Library of Congress