A popular tourist stop for anyone visiting the historic seaside city of Baltimore, the inner harbor area was once an industrial shipping seaport with old warehouses and cranes dotting the landscape. Those days of freight handling, dating back to the 18th century, are long gone now. It is more about tourism now, with the old warehouses being replaced with parks and plazas. But one thing that has not changed is the inner harbor's prime location at the top of the north branch of the Patapsco River.
From this location sailing ships and later steam freighters would move southeast down the river, which connects with the Chesapeake Bayand the Atlantic Ocean. Along the way they would sail past the historic Fort McHenry, where Francis Scott Key was inspired to pen the poem Star Spangled Banner, which became our National Anthem.
Today's image, taken from atop Federal Hill at daybreak, shows the transformation that was completed some decades ago.
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I could go on and on about the city where I was born and spent the first ten years of my life (we moved to the county when I was a kid), but we'll save some of the fun for future posts. Needless to say, I am very proud of this historic place.
"Never forget from whence you came" - unknown
Baltimore is much more than "The Wire", the HBO hit show of past times, as many visitors have learned as they explore the area and it's rich history, which is woven into our nation.
Thanks so much for visiting!