Baltimore History Snippets

  • Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time with 22 medals, was born in Baltimore.

  • Baseball players ​Babe Ruth, Cal Ripken, Jr., Billy Ripken, Lefty Grove, Frank (Home Run) Baker, and Harold Baines were born in Baltimore.

  • During the 1800s, Baltimore served as the second greatest port of entry for United States immigrants.

  • The 1,200-foot Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore is the third longest continuous truss bridge in the nation.

  • Edgar Allan Poe mysteriously passed away in Baltimore and is buried at Westminster Hall and Burial Grounds.

  • Reginald F. Lewis, the first black owner of a billion dollar company, was born in Baltimore. The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History is named in his honor.
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