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The Pigtown Historic District, MD

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This article is presented by Maryland Injury Guys, the car accident lawyers in Pigtown. We are happy to share with you the history of Pigtown. We hope you get a chance to explore this community.

History of Pigtown

Pigtown is a historic district in the southwest area of Baltimore, Maryland. Also sometimes referred to as Washington Village, the neighborhood is bounded by Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. to the east, Monroe St. to the west, Russell St. to the south and West Pratt St. to the north. Pigtown got its name following the industrial development of the 1850s and 1860s. It was the site of multiple butcher shops and meatpacking plants that were used to slaughter and process the pigs transported on the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad from the Midwest.

Pigtown was originally part of the 2,368- acre Mount Clare plantation. The estate was owned by Dr. Charles Carroll in the 1700s and houses one of Maryland's first iron foundries. The foundry operated the largest pig iron furnace in the colonies before the American Revolution. In 1828, the B&O Railroad broke ground on the Mount Clar property. In 1883, construction of the first houses began to the north and south of the railroad yards. In the 1840s, a community of railroad workers developed along Washington Ave. A little while after, the community got its name. On December 28, 2006, Pigtown was added to the National Register of Historic Places. Explore the Seton Hill Historic District, Maryland.

Carroll Park

Located at 1500 Washington Blvd., Carroll Park is the third oldest city park in Baltimore. Part of the park is the former Mount Clare estate. 20 acres of the property were purchased by the city in 1890, in addition to 70 acres of the surrounding land, to create Carroll Park. In 1906, the Olmsted Brothers firm developed the master plan for the park. In order to respect the historic character of the property, the park kept the Mount Clare mansion. It is now a museum maintained by the Maryland chapter of the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America.

However, it still provides recreational amenities for the community. Some of these amenities include:

  • Two athletic fields
  • Playground
  • Four basketball courts
  • Six ballfields
  • Fieldhouse
  • Carroll Park Skateboarding & Bike Facility
  • Carroll Park Golf Course
  • Gwynns Falls stream valley
  • Gwynns Falls Trail
  • Carroll City Farm Garden

Patrick's of Pratt Street

Patrick's of Pratt Street is said to be the oldest Irish pub in America. It was founded in 1847 and operated until 2016, when it closed down. Located at 934 West Pratt St., the property is now home to The Back Yard, a neighborhood bar established in 2018.

Bayard Station Valve House

The Bayard Station Valve House is another historic landmark that is no longer in operation. Built by the Chesapeake Gas Company in 1885, the valve house was used to distribute coal gas in Baltimore. The property, located at 1415 Bayard St., now serves Housewerks, an architectural salvage store.

B&O Railroad Museum

The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum is located in the B&O Railroad's old Mount Clare Station. Originally named the Baltimore & Ohio Transportation Museum, it was open on July 4, 1953, as a museum exhibiting historic railroad equipment in Baltimore. It has the largest collection of 1800s locomotives in the U.S. and is one of the most significant collections of railroad treasures worldwide. The museum houses collections of the 1800s and 1900s artifacts relating to America's railroads. These collections include:

  • 250 pieces of railroad rolling stock
  • 15,000 artifacts, 5,000 cubic feet of archival material
  • Four significant 1800s buildings, including the historic roundhouse and most history mile of railroad track in the U.S.

It also features an indoor HO scale model, outdoor G-scale layout and a wooden train for children. In 1961, the station and museum were designated as a U.S. National Historic Landmark. On October 15, 1966, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places.

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Aaron Blank Esq
Date Published: May 24, 2021
Aaron Blank is a patient safety advocate who holds the healthcare system responsible when it fails. He keeps businesses accountable if they choose profits over the safety of the community, and he ensures car insurance companies pay their fair share for the harm that reckless drivers cause. Aaron and his proficient legal team bring an approach based on dedication, guidance, and compassion through the difficult process of pursuing serious injury claims. He has dedicated his career to fighting for injury victims to recover losses from medical expenses, lost income, loss of enjoyment of life, or the loss of a loved one.
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