Baltimore is not the capital city of Maryland, but it is our largest city. Here are some facts that you may not know about Baltimore a.k.a. “Charm City.” Enjoy!
- Did you know our famous National Anthem, written by Francis Scott Key, right here in Baltimore? Fort McHenry defended Baltimore Harbor and the song was born from this incident.
- The USS Constellation, which calls Baltimore Harbor its home, is the last Civil War vessel afloat. It was built in 1854 by the US Navy and was the last all sail ship constructed for wartime.
- The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, in Baltimore was the very first cathedral constructed in the United States.
- Baltimore is the birthplace of the American Railroad. Visit the B&O Railroad Museum and learn all about the history of 19th and 20thCentury railroading, including train rides, and tours.
- Baltimore is home to the first monument dedicated to our first President, George
Washington. It is located in the Mount Vernon neighborhood.
- Do you know where the largest collection of Matisse paintings resides? That’s right, right here in Baltimore! Visit the extensive collection for free at the Baltimore Museum of Art.
- Baltimore is home to the The Star-Spangled Banner Flag House. Founded in 1927, the Flag House has been open to the public for 76 years and is dedicated to the story of Mary Young Pickersgill who made the enormous 30 x 42-foot Star-Spangled Banner that flew over Fort McHenry during the War of 1812 and inspired Francis Scott Key to write the poem that became our National Anthem.
- Mary Pickersgill’s flag still survives and now hangs at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History
- Did you know that Baltimore’s port, Fell’s Point, was the second largest point of immigration into the United States after Ellis Island?
- Baltimore was home to a number of historic African Americans including Thurgood Marshall, Frederick Douglass, Isaac Myers, Billie Holiday, Cab Calloway and many others.
- The infamous baseball player, Babe Ruth, was born in Baltimore. Visit the Sports Museum located at Camden Yards to learn more about this baseball legend.
- Did you know that right here in Baltimore, our own Cal Ripken, Baltimore Oriole baseball player, broke the record for continuous games played? I would have loved to witness that.
- The World Trade Center, located in Baltimore, is the world’s tallest five-sided building. Located in the Inner Harbor, tourists can get a panoramic view of the city from the Top of the World Observation Level, located on the building’s 27th floor.
- Baltimore is home to the Preakness Stakes, the second horse race in the trilogy known as the Triple Crown. It’s held every year in May at Pimlico Race Track.
- The state bird is the Baltimore Oriole, which also the mascot for our MLB team, the Baltimore Orioles. They play in Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Baltimoreans love their baseball!
- The state sport is jousting, (yes, it’s a thing! On horseback, with jousts!) and the official state’s team sport is Lacrosse. Baltimore is home to The Lacrosse Museum & National Hall of Fame where visitors may learn more about this sport, started by Canadian and American Indians.
Okay, I hope you learned some new and interesting facts about our largest city! There’s so much more to learn, so come see us!