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What is the history behind the names of popular locations in Baltimore?

The flag of Maryland

Why Is It Named Maryland?

This was cross-posted on Ghosts of DC. Washington, D.C. Received most of its land, about two-thirds, from the state of Maryland when it was formed in the late 18th century. The rest came from...
Beautiful aerial view of Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Maryland. May 6th, 2011

Why Is It Named Oriole Park at Camden Yards?

Dedicated in 1992, it was the first of the new wave of retro-style ballparks. The one built just prior to Camden Yards was New Comiskey Park (i.e., U.S. Cellular Field) for the Chicago White...
Bolton Hill row houses

Why Is It Named Bolton Hill?

Do you know why it’s called Bolton Hill? Before we did a little research, we sure didn’t. So, here it is. The area around Bolton Hill was originally owned by Baltimore merchant, George Grundy....
row houses in Canton

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...
Charles Pratt

Why Is It Named Pratt Street?

Lucky for you, we dug up an interesting article in the Baltimore Sun from September 9th, 1951, exactly 62 years ago today. Many think that Pratt St. is named for Enoch Pratt, the noted...
Billy Dee Williams - Colt 45 advertisement

Why Is It Named Colt 45?

I’ll go out on a limb here and guess that at least 50% of you already know the answer. For the other half, you’ll find this to be an interesting bit of Baltimore trivia....