Highlandtown

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Arcadia Pub (sc), Nov 1, 2006 - History - 127 pages
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Highlandtown's strong roots are nourished by old world traditions of family, culture, and faith. Settlement of the area first known as Snake Hill dates to the 19th century's expansion of the waterfront communities of Fell's Point and Canton. Farms and slaughterhouses soon emerged, relying heavily on immigrant laborers from Germany, Italy, Poland, Russia, and Ireland. Fort Marshall was established atop the area's highest point, the present site of Sacred Heart of Jesus Church. A military hospital emerged in Patterson Park, which began as a six-acre gift to the city from merchant William Patterson in 1826. After being renamed Highland Town" in 1862, Baltimore City annexed the town from Baltimore County and changed its spelling. By 1915, much of the retail district had been built along Eastern Avenue among row houses. Streetcars traveled down roadways of dirt or cobblestone, passing theaters, bowling alleys, horse-drawn wagons, and first-generation American children at play. Bakeries, barbers, grocers, and bars were on every corner, along with churches that worshipped in European tongues. There was no need to ever leave Highlandtown, and some folks never did."

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Contents

Acknowledgments
2
William Pattersons Park
33
For God and Country
47
Copyright

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About the author (2006)

More than 200 vintage photographs--most of them from the private collections of current and former Highlandtown residents--fill this volume, which was compiled in response to the enthusiastic reception that followed the 2006 release of Images of America: Highlandtown. Author Gary Helton's own Highlandtown roots date back to 1905. He has been general manager of WHFC-FM in Bel Air since 2000. In addition to the previous Highlandtown publication, he has compiled three other books in the Images of America series: Dundalk, Sparrows Point, and Baltimore's Streetcars and Buses.

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